Task Force on Cybersecurity

3/9/2020

Mission

Background

pictureCybersecurity 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

Alaska
Senator Shelley Hughes
California
Brandon Bjerke
Assemblymember Jacqui V. Irwin
Colorado
Larry Hofer
Connecticut
Senator Bob Duff
District of Columbia
Manuel Geraldo
Georgia
Representative Don L. Parsons
Hawaii
Representative Mark M. Nakashima
Indiana
Diane Powers
Kansas
Terri Clark
Kentucky
Senator Whitney H. Westerfield
Louisiana
Monique Appeaning
Representative Barry Ivey
Maryland
Senator Susan C. Lee
Massachusetts
Representative Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr.
Minnesota
Representative Pat Garofalo
Representative Jim Nash
Mississippi
Representative Scott DeLano
Montana
Representative Kenneth Holmlund
New Mexico
Representative Kelly K. Fajardo
North Carolina
Representative Jason R. Saine
Ohio
Representative Kent K. Smith
Oregon
Sean McSpaden
Pennsylvania
Representative Malcolm M. Kenyatta
Rhode Island
Senator Louis P. DiPalma
Representative Stephen R. Ucci
South Carolina
Senator Thomas C. Alexander
South Dakota
Senator James Stalzer
Texas
Representative Giovanni Capriglione
Utah
Senator Wayne A. Harper
Senator Todd D. Weiler
Washington
Senator Sharon R. Brown
Representative Zack Hudgins
Representative Cindy S. Ryu

Sponsors

  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • VMWare
  • CompTIA
  • Forescout Technologies, Inc.
  • Walmart

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

Newsletters

Current Newsletter

Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

Summer 2020 (date and location TBD)

December 2020, in conjunction with NCSL Capitol Forum, Dec. 8-12 (exact date of task force meeting TBD)

Past Meetings

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

Presentations

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:

  • Responding to Cybersecurity Threats in Legislatures

 

 

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

Presentations

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

Presentations

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

Presentations

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.  

Presentations

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

Presentations 

Additional Resources

Task Force Work Products

External Resources