Legislature to consider bolstering state’s cybersecurity

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Rep. Barry Ivey, R-Baton Rouge, discussed a bill Tuesday that would fund IT and cybersecurity initiatives. (Photo credit: Sheridan Wall, LSU Manship School News Service)

By: Sheridan Wall, LSU Manship School News Service

Published: May 1, 2019

BATON ROUGE — Lawmakers are looking for ways to train more information-technology experts and bolster the state’s cyber defenses.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat running for re-election, has promoted the state’s need to build an IT and cybersecurity infrastructure, and the House Appropriations Committee considered bills this week to help achieve this goal.

The committee advanced a proposal by Rep. Mark Abraham, R-Lake Charles, to create the Louisiana Cybersecurity Talent Initiative Fund. If approved by the full Legislature, it would appropriate more money for degree and certificate programs related to cybersecurity and information technology.

“Cybersecurity is the new frontier,” Abraham said. “For once, can Louisiana be on the cutting edge of something new?”

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