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What Comes from Requiring Local Gov to Report Cyber Incidents?

  • 4 mths ago

It’s hard to fight a threat you can’t see, and states are realizing they often don’t have visibility into the cyber threats confronting their local government partners. That challenge inspired Indiana and North Dakota to adopt new laws in 2021 that require public entities to inform the states about cyber incidents.

“CIO Tracy Barnes was interested in having an understanding of ‘Where are we in terms of cybersecurity incidents across the state of Indiana, including local government?’” Graig Lubsen, director of communication and external affairs for the Indiana Office of Technology, told Government Technology. “We obviously have a handle on state incidents, but understanding where we are on local government was sort of a blind spot.”

One year later, North Dakota and Indiana officials say these laws are helping them better understand the threat landscape and better target some resources, although they still have work to do to ensure all local entities are aware of the reporting requirements.

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