House passes Brown’s Cyber Security Jobs Act

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 95-0 to approve the Cyber Security Jobs Act – a measure sponsored by Sen. Sharon Brown, aimed at making Washington a national leader in cyber security.

“Washington is home to groundbreaking cyber security research and development,” said Brown, R-Kennewick. “Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in the Tri-Cities is leading the way to prevent and counter cyber security threats. PNNL, along with private industries focused on network security, has offered to partner with the state in our cyber security efforts.

“This bill is about having government work with the private sector to develop assets that will protect our industries and critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, and ensure that Washington continues to be the global leader in cyber security.”

As amended, Senate Bill 6528 requires the state Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) to implement a process for detecting and responding to security incidents, including any accidental or deliberate events that result in unauthorized access, loss, disruption, or destruction of communication and information-technology resources.

The OCIO is also tasked with working with the Department of Commerce and other economic-development stakeholders to develop a strategy for maintaining and advancing Washington’s role as a national leader in cyber security.

SB 6528 now returns to the Senate, which will decide whether to agree with the amendment approved by the House.