Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) recently participated in a panel discussion regarding the cyber security public policy landscape. The conversation focused on efforts underway in the Massachusetts State Senate to protect data privacy and to promote a uniform set of standards in the Commonwealth.

Last year, Senator Moore was appointed to serve as Chair of a newly-established Senate Special Committee on Cyber Security Readiness. The Special Committee issued a report earlier this year which makes several recommendations including the creation of a standing Joint Committee relative to Cyber Security, and the creation of a Cyber Security Control Review Board.


Pictured (L-R): Sen. Michael O. Moore, Second Worcester District, Ron Ford, DHS Regional Cybersecurity Advisor, Rob Knake, Senior Fellow, Cyber Policy, Council on Foreign Relations, Hans Olson, Assistant Undersecretary for Homeland Security, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. [Submitted Photo]


“The efforts underway in our state complement a national conversation on cybersecurity readiness,” said Senator Moore. “In the wake of growing concerns relative to data privacy, security and increased threats, we are taking action to improve the Commonwealth’s capabilities within the cyber space.”

The panel discussion was part of a regional, annual conference organized by the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). Senator Moore was invited to participate by a resident of Shrewsbury named Lisa Johnson who works for ACSC.

Senator Moore also serves on the U.S. Department of Justice’s Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative Global Advisory Committee. Through the role, the Senator participated in advisory groups to help ensure public safety against foreign and domestic threats, and to provide leadership in preventing and controlling crime.

According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, millions of people across the United States are victims of internet crimes each year. To access the Special Committee’s full report, please visit the Legislature’s website, www.malegislature.gov.