Task Force on Cybersecurity


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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.

Mission Statement

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.

NCSL Task Force On Cybersecurity
Co-Chair: Senator Thomas C. Alexander, South Carolina
Co-Chair: Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin, California

NCSL Contacts: Pam Greenberg (Denver)  Abbie Gruwell (D.C.)  Susan Parnas Frederick (D.C.) 

Members by States

Senator Shelley Hughes
Brandon Bjerke
Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin
Larry Hofer
Senator Bob Duff
District of Columbia
Manuel Geraldo
Representative Don Parsons
Representative Mark M. Nakashima
Diane Powers
Terri Clark
Senator Whitney Westerfield
Monique Appeaning
Representative Barry Ivey
Senator Susan C. Lee
Representative Angelo J. Puppolo
Representative Pat Garofalo
Representative Jim Nash
Senator Scott DeLano
Representative Kenneth Holmlund
New Mexico
Representative Kelly K. Fajardo
North Carolina
Representative Jason R. Saine
Representative Kent Smith
Sean McSpaden
Representative Malcolm M. Kenyatta
Rhode Island
Senator Louis P. DiPalma
Representative Stephen R. Ucci
South Carolina
Senator Thomas C. Alexander
South Dakota
Senator Jim Stalzer
Representative Giovanni Capriglione
Senator Wayne A. Harper
Senator Todd D. Weiler
Senator Sharon R. Brown
Representative Zack Hudgins
Representative Cindy Ryu


  • Amazon
  • AT&T
  • Google
  • NEC
  • RELX
  • Walmart
  • Center for Growth & Opportunity
  • CompTIA
  • Forescout Technologies, Inc.
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • VMWare

Please contact NCSL staff for information about sponsorship levels and benefits. 


Current Newsletter


Upcoming Meetings

Privacy Week, Sept. 22-25, 2020

Past Meetings

June 25 and 25, 2020 |  Cybersecurity Task Force Virtual Meeting--Virtual  Cyber Range experience

This virtual event, held with the IBM X-Force Command Center, allowed attendees to participate in a simulation of how a breach unfolds in real time. It showcased the attack vectors that healthcare, life sciences, education, and government organizations experience every day. The event covered security best practices and tactics, the importance of implementing a security strategy and the leadership skills required to deal with a major security issue.



May 28, 2020 | Cybersecurity Task Force Virtual Meeting--Ransomware Resistance| Agenda 


Other Resources

April 28, 2020 | Cybersecurity Task Force Virtual Meeting | Agenda)


December 9, 2019 JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, Phoenix, Ariz. (prior to the NCSL Capitol Forum) | Agenda


Session Resources

Aug. 4, 2019, NCSL Legislative Summit, Nashville, Tennessee |  Agenda 

Session Resources:

Web Resources:

May 22, 2019 archived recording: NCSL Webinar: Cybersecurity Inside Legislatures

January 18, 2018,  NCSL Executive Committee Meeting, New Orleans, La. | Agenda 

Session Resources:

July 30, 2018, NCSL Legislative Summit, Los Angeles, Calif. | Agenda | Printable Agenda

Session Resources:

May 11, 2018, NCSL Executive Committee Meeting, Denver, Colo. | Final Agenda

Session Materials:

December 12, 2017, NCSL Capitol Forum, Coronado, Calif. | Final Agenda 

Session Materials

August 6-9, 2017, NCSL Legislative Summit, Boston Agenda


July 14, 2017, Webinar: Cybertechnology and the Law

New technologies are outpacing the laws that govern their use. In this archived webinar, hear how cybersecurity, cybercrime and other technology issues can be addressed with legislation that will stand the test of time.

April 21, 2017, Task Force meeting in conjunction with the NCSL Spring Executive Committee Meeting, Santa Fe, New Mexico | Agenda


January 27, 2017, Joint Webinar with NGA’s Policy Academy on Enhancing State Cybersecurity entitled “Engaging State Lawmakers.” This webinar featured our task force co-chairs and discussed bridging the communication gap between the executive and legislative branches.

December 5-6, 2016, NCSL Capitol Forum. Cybersecurity Task Force Pre-Conference Agenda


Friday, October 21, 2016 NCSL/NASCIO webinar on the State of the States chief information security officer biennial survey. This webinar explored collaboration efforts between executive agency CISOs and Legislators.

Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 in Chicago in conjunction with the NCSL Legislative Summit.  


June 22, 2016, Conference Call with Department of Homeland Security on Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.

May 20 - 21, 2016 Executive Committee Task Force on Cybersecurity in Minneapolis.   Agenda


Additional Resources

Task Force Work Products

External Resources