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Reacting to the unemployment-claims data breach that exposed the personal information of those affected, lawmakers are looking to beef up the state's cybersecurity practices with the governor’s support.
by Jim Brunner, The Seattle Times
February 10, 2021
(TNS) — Reacting to the unemployment-claims data breach that exposed the personal information of those affected, lawmakers are looking to beef up the state's cybersecurity practices.
At the request of Gov.
That includes agencies run by independently elected officials like State Auditor
Senate Bill 5432, quickly drafted after the breach, was supported by McCarthy's office and by the state's chief information officer
The bill would formalize some of what the cybersecurity office already says it does, while also giving it more power — essentially trying to centralize what some say has been a scattershot, agency-by-agency approach to protecting data.
"There is a time and place for decentralization, but IT security is just not that place," added Carlyle, who chairs the state
The compromised data had been collected as part of the auditor's investigations into how the state
In conducting its probe, the auditor gathered the detailed records on more than 1 million unemployment claims filed
McCarthy has blamed
McCarthy did not appear at the hearing Tuesday. A representative of her office,
Weaver, the state's CIO, who runs the central tech-services agency known as
The legislation would require state agencies to report major cybersecurity incidents to the OCS within 24 hours of discovery. The OCS would be required to investigate such breaches and serve as the state's "point of contact" for all such incidents.
The bill also would require
Sawyer said work is ongoing to further strengthen the legislation as it moves forward.
While state lawmakers scramble to fix gaps in the data security, the auditor's office data breach already is spawning potentially massive legal actions, with two class-action lawsuits filed last week in
The first, filed on
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