New Mexico Files Cybersecurity Bills

New Mexico Files Cybersecurity Bills

Lawmakers in New Mexico from both sides of the aisle have introduced new legislation to defend the state against cyber-threats. 

In the past six days, Republican senator Rebecca Dow and Democratic senator Michael Padilla have each filed a cybersecurity bill in a bid to ensure additional attack prevention measures are implemented in the country.

Dow’s bill (HB122), which was filed to a House committee on January 21, is centered around increasing the cybersecurity of public schools.

“The last thing we need while students are learning remotely is a cybersecurity breach. This further disrupts learning,” said representative Dow. 

She added: “Dollars need to go to improving student outcomes, not to paying ransoms.”

Dow’s proposed legislation would require the introduction of a School Cybersecurity Program for the statewide education technology infrastructure network by the end of fiscal year 2026. 

“It will cost about 43 million dollars to address the needs of all 87 school districts, and that’s based on a cybersecurity task force that we requested them to investigate and report back to us,” said Dow, “Now it’s time for us to fund that.”

Representative Padilla’s proposed legislation (HB98), filed on January 19, would allocate $1m to create an Office of Cybersecurity

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