On May 3, 2018, Governor Malloy announced the release of the State of Connecticut’s Cybersecurity Action Plan, which builds on the State’s Cybersecurity Strategy launched in July 2017.  Developed by Connecticut’s Chief Cybersecurity Risk Officer Arthur House and Chief Information Officer Mark Raymond, the Action Plan applies the seven principles set forth in the Cybersecurity Strategy –  leadership, literacy, preparation, response, recovery, communication, and verification – to individuals, organizations, government agencies, and businesses.

The Cybersecurity Action Plan’s priorities include:

  • More extensive security in state government agencies, the General Assembly, and the judicial branch;
  • Creation of municipal cyber defenses and sharing of regional resources;
  • Active engagement with the business community;
  • Increased academic attention to the many effects of cyber compromise on society and action to prepare more graduates to meet the need for unfilled cybersecurity jobs in Connecticut; and
  • Increased attention to cyber-crime investigation, intelligence analysis and collaboration among local, state, and federal authorities.

Significantly, the Action Plan calls for the establishment of a cybersecurity investigations unit within the Connecticut State Police.  The Action Plan acknowledges that some of its action items will require legislative, regulatory and budgetary support to accomplish.  Wisely, the Action Plan provides that the people of the State of Connecticut “cannot continue to reap the advantages of the digital economy without protecting the digital assets to make it successful.”

The Cybersecurity Action Plan is available here.

 

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Burt Cohen has practiced law for 32 years in the areas of communications, regulatory and administrative law and related federal and state court litigation. He is a member of the Privacy and Cybersecurity and Communications Law practice groups of Murtha Cullina.

Burt has wide-ranging experience representing clients before State agencies and in court. He is viewed by his clients as a trusted advisor and effective advocate on complex and cutting edge issues involving cable, broadband and telecommunications providers and other regulated industries. Burt has an extensive track record in administrative hearings and appeals, with an established reputation for working with State regulators and public officials to achieve his clients’ goals.

With an active State tax litigation practice, Burt represents significant taxpayers on corporate business tax, sales and use tax, and other Connecticut tax issues in audits and appeals, as well as in seeking claims for tax refunds, before the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services.

Burt serves on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Bar Association (CBA) Energy, Public Utility & Communications Law Section.  He is on the CBA Board of Governors and House of Delegates and serves as Chair of the CBA’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee.

Burt is also an active participant in diversity initiatives for the Connecticut legal profession.  He is the President of the Lawyers Collaborative for Diversity and he serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the CBA, a group charged with implementing the Diversity and Inclusion Policy of the CBA.  Currently Burt Chairs  the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Murtha Cullina. He is also the former Chair of the Friends of New Haven Legal Assistance and a recipient of its 2012 Equal Access to Justice Award.

He earned his B.A. from Trinity College, and his J.D. summa cum laude from Western New England School of Law.