Illinois Governor Signs Law Providing State Employees Mandatory Cybersecurity Training

By Marilia Wyatt

On August 7th, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed House Bill 2371 into law that requires state employees to receive cybersecurity training.

The Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) is charged with implementing the training, CBS Chicago reports.

In signing the bill at The Department of Innovation & Technology in the Thompson Center, the Governor stated that “cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. It is a public safety issue, and we will do all we can to protect the residents and infrastructure of our state.”

Hardik Bhatt, DoIT secretary-designate, and the chief digital officer noted that it’s important for state employees to be the first cybersecurity line of defense because they can recognize any threats. “We’ve already trained 95 percent of our executive branch employees,”  he said.

A Politico interactive graph highlights which states provide mandatory cybersecurity training for public sector employees.

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