I spend as much time as possible back home to hear from Rhode Islanders about issues that are important to them and the state. In 2015, I created a variety of advisory committees to help me receive feedback, and this year, I added another to focus on the critical topic of cybersecurity. My #LangevinCybersecurity Tour, which took place in October, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, was a perfect time to hold the inaugural meeting of my newest committee, the Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee, which comprises of some of our state’s cybersecurity leaders from industry, academia, and the public sector.
During the meeting, I updated the committee on my legislative priorities relating to cybersecurity, including the Personal Data Breach Notification and Protection Act, which I reintroduced in the wake of the Equifax breach. This bill would streamline the notification process if a data breach occurs, requiring a single federal standard of a 30 days and providing a single federal regulator to guide notification with the consumers’ best interests in mind. The other cybersecurity bill I am focusing on is the PAPER Act, which I introduced with my Republican colleague Rep. Mark Meadows and which maintains state and local control of election processes while providing additional federal resources to help improve voting system cybersecurity and ensure that results are auditable.
I believe we can make Rhode Island a leader in cybersecurity and my Cyber Rhode Island Advisory Committee will help in that effort. I receive a lot of great feedback from my committee members, and I look forward to collaborating with them in the future.