The mission of the NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force is to engage members in policy discussions, educate members and extend networking opportunities to legislative leaders on cybersecurity and privacy issues through a series of well-defined programs, webinars on key definitions and critical cyber policy issues as well as supporting private-public networks. The task force began with an initial timeframe of two years focusing on cybersecurity isssues, and was renewed and has expanded its focus to include privacy issues.
Cybersecurity and privacy issues are quickly moving to the forefront of homeland security state priorities and state-federal policies.
Sensitive information is increasingly stored online, allowing greater access to anything from bank accounts and medical records, to water and energy systems, and even law enforcement files. Crime has also moved online, presenting significant human and economic costs of data breach and cyber-attack incidents and highlighting the essential need to strengthen the security and resilience of state networks and cyber policies.
States can benefit from continually investing in the protection of state networks from cyber-attacks and securing the homeland with strong cyber policies. But in order to do so, states look to reliable, clear, and concise information on cyber threat prevention including best practices and remediation plans.
This task force can help consolidate and synthesize existing resources and best practices to support policy makers’ ability to understand and implement cybersecurity measures and privacy policies that work best for their state.
By participating in ongoing projects, NCSL members will learn best practices and develop guidelines for other states to implement easily replicable cybersecurity initiatives. By engaging with strategic partners, educating our members on pressing cyber issues and extending networks in order to develop and maintain security programs, NCSL Cybersecurity Task Force can tackle these issues in a thoughtful and meaningful forum.