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Hassan calls for cybersecurity coordinators in every state

January 18, 2020 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Every state would have its own cybersecurity coordinator under a bill proposed by U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan.

Hassan, a New Hampshire Democrat, is co-sponsoring the legislation with Republican Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Rob Portman of Ohio, and Michigan Democratic Sen. Gary Peters.

It would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a program to provide each state with a federally funded coordinator to prevent and respond to cybersecurity threats, such as the ransomware attacks recently experienced by Strafford County and the Sunapee school district.

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The senators say it is vital that states have a point person to coordinate efforts with the federal government as cyber threats become more sophisticated.