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Lawmaker says state needs to beef up cybersecurity

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Idaho National Laboratory cybersecurity specialists conduct research on a commercial supervisory control and data acquisition system.

A Georgia senator who chairs a state committee on cyber security says the state needs to leverage every asset it has to boost cyber security.

Members of the Senate committee met with industry experts during an event on the Georgia Tech campus this week.

Senator Jason Anavitarte, R-Dallas, pointed to incidents like the Colonial gas pipeline attack last year that slowed the flow of fuel on the East Coast and the ransomware attack on the city of Atlanta that gummed up operations for months in 2018.

A part of the discussion focused on the need to train workers for the cyber security industry in Georgia.

The committee plans to meet again in October.

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