Connecticut wants to make business data encryption stronger

Posted by John Mathewson on February 25, 2015

These days, the security of customer data is of utmost importance to those in the business community. For private companies that want to do business with state agencies in Connecticut, they will likely need to step up their encryption software in order to get those lucrative contracts.

Connecticut lawmakers are considering a mandate that will require all public vendors to encrypt all of the personal data that is stored and transmitted while they are doing business with the state. Business will also be responsible for creating stronger password protections and controlling how much information can be downloaded at one time.

The idea behind this is to help prevent important data from being stolen, and to help mitigate any damage that could be done in the event that a hack takes place. This increased push for greater protections comes about a month after the Anthem breach, in which the personal data of nearly one-third of Connecticut's residents were exposed.

"We've learned a hard lesson, but it provides us with the momentum to accomplish change – change to put in real protections for Connecticut residents," State Majority Leader Bob Duff said in an interview with Government Technology. "This is also an opportunity for the state to provide assistance to small businesses to encrypt their sensitive data and make our state a more attractive place for them to locate."

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