State attorneys general work in various ways to help enhance the security of public and private systems.
For instance, state attorneys general enforce data breach notification and consumer protection laws to address businesses that fail to take adequate measures to protect consumers’ personal information and privacy. Data breach laws require organizations to take measures to protect consumer’s personally identifying data. State attorneys general not only enforce these laws but issue guidance to small businesses to protect against cyberattacks.
Attorneys general also participate in a whole-of-state approach to protecting state networks. Efforts include ensuring state agencies protect consumer data, participating in statewide cybersecurity taskforces, and redeploying resources to increase state cybersecurity capacity.
On the Cyber Frontlines: The Role of the National Guard in Defending States and Local Governments (Sept. 2020)
Recent attorney general efforts related to cybersecurity
Colorado Attorney General’s Office
- $500,000 grant for new cybersecurity degree program at Colorado Northwestern Community College (Jan. 2020)
- Attorney General Phil Weiser Remarks at Colorado Attorney General’s Conference on Small Business Data Privacy and Security (Jan. 2020)
Michigan Attorney General’s Office
Ohio Attorney General’s Office
- CyberOhio Initiative (2016)