A new bill labeled S2297 will finally put a blockchain task Force to become law in New Jersey, officially on Friday in a bid to prevent a cyber-attack.
A new law in New Jersey will now move forward to make blockchain implementation come into law in New Jersey, as lawmakers passed the bill with an overwhelming majority on Friday. The Governor put pen to paper and made this a reality, at last giving hope to the city to come up properly with frameworks to tackle cybersecurity in the future. The task force will carry out extensive research on the uses of Block chain technology on both state and local levels to better prepare for any cybersecurity eventualities in future. Among other things, the task force will study the uses of blockchain in medicine, banking, and other essential sectors that make up the New Jersey’s economy.
The law first appeared as a draft back in March and went through all the law-making process until finally, the governor ascended it into law last Friday, paving the way for the formation of a task force. It was all against one, as only one lawmaker opposed the bill.
The task force consists of 14 members in total and will have up to 180 days to report to the governor’s office the findings of their extensive research. Other parties that the task force will report to is the state committee on science and tech, among other departments. The state of New Jersey hopes that the findings will pave way for the formation of proper systems to better tackle cybersecurity and increase efficiency.
Cybersecurity threats have primarily contributed to the increased interest in block chain technologies by state agencies lately. This is not an isolated case in New Jersey alone, attackers prompting the need for block chain technology have already infiltrated other countries. Colorado, another state was recently under attack by a malware in late 2018. Up to 400 of its servers and infrastructure were significantly compromised in the process prompting the governor to call for a state of emergency meeting to find a solution to the problem, which they did. New Jersey has since learned and wants to act fast before it becomes a victim of the inevitable.
Officials from Colorado’s IT department have recently admitted in interviews that block chain technology will come a long way in future to better deal with cybersecurity problems.