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NJBIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Ray Cantor this week recommended steps lawmakers can take to help the business community with cybersecurity.

In testimony to the Assembly Science, Innovation and Technology Committee this week, Cantor urged a public-private partnership, where information is shared, rather than a prospective set of regulations, to counter cyberattacks.

A couple of recent legislative resolutions proposed the creation of a bi-partisan advisory made up members of the public and private sectors to advance such a partnership.

“The stated purpose of such a board is to: “advise the (state) on cybersecurity concerns, promote awareness, develop effective policies and solutions, and obtain consensus on enterprise-wide initiatives that advance the cybersecurity of information assets and technology resources,” Cantor said.

Cantor also said lawmakers should address workforce gaps “where tens of thousands of jobs are unfilled, making us more vulnerable to ransomware and under cyberattacks.”

“New Jersey should support cybersecurity and digital citizenship curriculum development at the K-12 and university levels,” he said. “This committee should continue to engage stakeholders in this area to understand the cybersecurity workforce needs in the state and how to address this gap.”

To read Cantor’s full testimony, click here.