Archives for November 2015

Maryland Cybersecurity Council Starts Work

Maryland Cybersecurity Council

[Capital News Service photo by Naomi Eide]

The Maryland Cybersecurity Council, with more than 40 members from both the public and private sector, met for the first time on Nov. 10, 2015, in Hyattsville, Md. The Council plans to develop statewide guidelines for a coordinated response in the event of cybersecurity attacks. Here is an excerpt from the Capital News Service:

State Sen. Susan Lee, D-Montgomery, co-chair of the former commission and a member of the council, said she wants the new panel to work to both prevent cybersecurity risks and take advantage of the cyber job markets in the state.

Both the NSA and the U.S. Cyber Command are located in Fort Meade, Maryland.

“We could be, we should be, the epicenter of cyber innovation and jobs. But you have to make it a priority,” Lee said.

The primary sponsor for the bill establishing the council, Lee originally wanted to extend the life of the commission beyond its three-and-a-half year lifespan but came across opposition, she said. “No one wants to get regulated or (to) change things.”

“Maybe it’s because they don’t understand the gravity of this problem,” Lee said, citing potential threats to both government and commercial industries.

“What if they attacked a utility or public service carrier? That would be horrible,” Lee said. “That would really impact public safety.”

Senator Susan Lee represents Maryland’s District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator in the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis.

During the 2015 legislative session in Annapolis, Senator Lee served as a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; and the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the Workgroup on Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, which were both created by two laws Senator Lee introduced and passed. The Council will build on the landmark, first-ever laws passed by the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence which she served and led as Co-Chair. The Council will not only provide legislative and policy recommendations for protecting Maryland against large scale cyber-attacks that can paralyze our government, economy and vital infrastructures, but also make Maryland the Epicenter of Cyber innovations and jobs, a knowledge base industry that will help the state globally compete and sustain its future.

For more on Senator Lee’s legislative accomplishments, read her:

Senator Lee Completes Productive 2015 Session

Senator Susan Lee

Senator Susan Lee, an attorney, was elected to the Maryland State Senate in November 2014 after serving 13 years in the Maryland House of Delegates, and is the first Asian American senator elected to the Maryland Senate and first minority senator to the Montgomery County Delegation to Annapolis.

During the 2015 legislative session in Annapolis, Senator Lee served as a Member of the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee; Joint Committee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology and Biotechnology; and the Maryland Cybersecurity Council and the Workgroup on Youth Victims of Human Trafficking, which were both created by two laws Senator Lee introduced and passed. The Council will build on the landmark, first-ever laws passed by the Commission on Maryland Cybersecurity Innovation and Excellence which she served and led as Co-Chair. The Council will not only provide legislative and policy recommendations for protecting Maryland against large scale cyber-attacks that can paralyze our government, economy and vital infrastructures, but also make Maryland the Epicenter of Cyber innovations and jobs, a knowledge base industry that will help the state globally compete and sustain its future.

Senator Lee also served as Co-Chair of the Nanobiotechnology Task Force and helped pass laws to assist biotech and IT small companies, including technology transfers and commercialization. During her tenure as Co-Chair of the Identity Theft Task Force, she authored and passed significant, first ever laws to fight identity theft and online crimes.

Serving two terms as President of the Women’s Legislative Caucus, Senator Lee led efforts to pass an aggressive agenda of laws to economically empower minorities, women, children and immigrants, fight domestic violence and human trafficking, and reduce health care disparities. She co-authored and passed Maryland’s first ever Telemedicine laws to increase Telemedicine which has a track record of saving lives, increasing health care access and early diagnosis, improving outcomes and reducing health care costs and disparities, particularly in underserved communities.

In addition to help passing laws to advance excellence in education, a clean environment, health care access, greater procurement opportunities by minority and women owned small businesses, public safety, and mass transit, this 2015 Session, Senator Lee authored and passed laws to fight domestic violence, home invasions, identity theft, and financial crimes against the elderly and vulnerable adults; assist human trafficking victims break out of the cycle of human slavery and exploitation; help crime victims obtain DNA evidence information; allow transgender individuals to obtain birth certificates with their correct gender identity; and help promote cybersecurity, innovation, and jobs.

Senator Lee, who was one of the founders and the first Chairman of the Coalition of Asian Pacific American Democrats of Maryland, is now spearheading efforts to create the Asian American and Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus.

Senator Lee is the daughter of a World War II veteran of the US Navy and retired Washington Post artist and a proud product of the Montgomery County public schools, Leland Junior High School, Herbert Hoover Junior High and Winston Churchill High School. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park and University of San Francisco School of Law. Susan was a member of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board, Jewish Foundation for Group Homes Board, Montgomery County Gang Task Force, and Progressive Maryland and Co-Chair of the NAACP Multicultural Community Partnership. She was appointed to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Advisory Board during the Clinton Administration.

Susan represents District 16, which includes Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Friendship Heights, Potomac, Rockville, Cabin John, and Glen Echo. She and her husband live in Bethesda.

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