State Representatives Danny Bubp (R-West Union) and Mike Dovilla (R-Berea) have announced that the Ohio House of Representatives today passed House Bill 331, which creates the Cybersecurity, Education and Economic Development Council. The Council’s duty is to study how the state’s Cybersecurity operations could be improved and how growth in the state’s cybersecurity industry could be accelerated.

The establishment of the council will ensure greater safekeeping of personal identifiable information (PII), while simultaneously helping to develop one of the fastest growing employment fields in the state. This safeguard is necessary due to state governments becoming more and more vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks because they maintain the largest collection of PII.

“The Cybersecurity, Education, and Economic Development Council will have the ability to study how the state’s cybersecurity infrastructure can be improved and how to improve the cybersecurity industry in Ohio,” said Bubp. “It is my desire to see Ohio benefit from the Council with a stronger cybersecurity presence that protects our resources and personal information, but will also allow for efficiency of services in both the public and private fields.” 

Legislation that creates a council of this sort is unique to Ohio, and bodes great potential for growing and maintaining a relevant workforce in the 21st Century.

“As one witness testified in committee, ‘This legislation is unique and bold,’” said Dovilla.  “We have an unprecedented opportunity to attract not only more jobs, but more high paying jobs, of critical importance to our national security.”

The Council consists of 12 members, who will be appointed and serve two-year terms. The bill authorizes the Council to request the assistance of other state offices and requires offices to provide requested assistance.

H.B. 331 passed by a vote of 96-0 and will now be sent to the Senate for further consideration.


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