Building Blocks for Cybersecurity

Colorado legislature considers bill to research distributed ledger technology

With a new bill, Colorado legislators hope to demonstrate the usefulness of blockchain technology for cybersecurity.

Senate Bill 86 would require certain state government officials to protect the security of sensitive state records. In addition to assessing vulnerabilities and risks, the officials also have to weigh the costs and benefits of adopting encryption and distributed ledger technology, such as blockchain.

Democratic Sen. Angela Williams, one of the bill’s sponsors, said she has gotten questions from her constituents about how to protect personal information and voting data.

“I believe that this bill will help us protect the information,” she said. “It will bring transparency and security, and I think better trust between the state of Colorado and its citizens.”

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