Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) has been appointed by Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) to serve as Chair of the newly-established Senate Special Committee on Cyber Security Readiness.

In the wake of growing concerns relative to data privacy, security and increased threats within the cyber space, the Massachusetts State Senate has taken action to establish a Special Committee to make recommendations on measures the Commonwealth can utilize to improve its cyber security readiness. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, millions of people across the United States are victims of internet crimes each year.

“With an ever-increasing number of state services delivered through online platforms, working to secure our technological infrastructure is critical to protecting sensitive information,” said Senator Moore. “Thank you to Senate President Rosenberg for appointing me to lead this initiative and I appreciate my colleagues in the Senate for recognizing the need for a thorough review to detect and mitigate potential threats.”

“Through the establishment of this Special Committee, the Senate is taking proactive steps to address the very real threats that exist within the cyber space,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “The findings of the Senate Special Committee will help inform future discussions and potential legislation to keep Massachusetts safe.”

The appointment complements a national conversation on cyber security readiness. Currently, Moore serves on the Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Global Advisory Committee. Through the role, Senator Moore has participated in advisory groups to help ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats, and to provide leadership in preventing and controlling crime.

Moore, who previously served twenty-two years in law enforcement, will serve alongside four other Senators as part of the Special Committee. Their review will culminate in a final report submitted by March 30, 2018 with any recommendations for legislation.