Representative Peter Breen’s Cybersecurity Bill Receives Unanimous House Approval

With a goal of ensuring rapid responses to confidential data security breaches at state agencies, State Representative Peter Breen (R-Lombard) has passed legislation that would shorten the time frame by which breaches must be reported to authorities.

SB 707 helps protect Illinoisans by requiring that any breach in security that compromises the personal information of 250 or more people must be reported within 72 hours to the Department of Innovation and Technology and the Attorney General for investigation. “Cybersecurity breaches can have disastrous consequences for those who are affected, and as lawmakers we need to be doing everything we can to protect the people of Illinois from this crime,” said Breen. “It is bipartisan legislation and I was pleased to receive unanimous support in the House on this vital bill.”

According to Breen, governmental agencies are attacked on a regular basis in efforts to gain access to citizen data for commercial and criminal ends. “Our agencies collect sensitive data on a daily basis and are a prime target for hackers,” Breen said.

The bill also received unanimous support in the Senate, where State Senator Michael Hastings (D-Frankfort) served as the bill sponsor. The bill will now return to the Senate for concurrence before going to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature.

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