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Gov. Lamont signs bill to encourage businesses to beef up cybersecurity

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News 12 Staff

Jul 15, 2021, 6:54pm

Updated on: Jul 15, 2021, 6:54pm

Gov. Ned Lamont Thursday signed a bill to encourage local businesses to voluntarily beef up cybersecurity.

“We are under attack every day,” Lamont said.

The new law shields companies from lawsuit damages if they “do the right thing” and adopt strong firewalls.

Lamont held the bill signing ceremony at the UConn Tech Park in Storrs to commemorate the adoption of legislation that incentivizes businesses to adopt and adhere to cybersecurity standards.

The legislation is Public Act 21-119. It goes into effect on Oct. 1, 2021.

During today’s ceremony, Lamont also announced an $11 million investment to support the state of Connecticut’s enhanced cybersecurity efforts, with an initial $8.2 million on the agenda for the State Bond Commission at its upcoming meeting.

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