Senate unanimously passes Brown’s Cyber Security Jobs Act

On Thursday the Senate unanimously approved 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, have offered to partner with the state in our cyber security efforts.

“This bill is about having government work with private industry 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.”

Under Senate Bill 6528, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) must 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 facilitate the development of a strategy that includes key local, state and federal assets and will make Washington a national leader in cyber security.

Today SB 6528 was referred to the Technology and Economic Development Committee in the House of Representatives for its consideration.