Illinois to require cybersecurity training for all state employees

Illinois to require cybersecurity training for all state employees
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Illinois will now require cybersecurity awareness training for all state employees, thanks to legislation signed Monday.

"Cybersecurity is no longer just an IT issue. It is a public safety issue, and we will do all we can to protect the residents and infrastructure of our state," said Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) at a press conference celebrating the new law. 

Illinois becomes the 15th state requiring such training. 

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The Prairie State anticipates savings as high as millions of dollars from the legislation. A press release announcing the legislation cites a study estimating that in business environments, training costing around $5 per employee can return an average of $184 in cost avoidance.

Illinois’s Department of Innovation & Technology (DoIT) has already trained more than 47,000 of 50,000 state employees, according to Rauner. DoIT will now be required to provide this training annually.