2021

LEGISLATE VIRTUAL CONGRESS

IN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

July 7, 2021

AN ACT

School Cyber Security Act (Assembly)

A bill to protect the students, teachers, and staff of New York State public school districts from hackers, and other online threats that may affect a child's learning experience, or a teacher's ability to work.

Introduced By:

Date Introduced:

Referred to:

Bernard Carroll

July 7, 2021, 3:16:53 PM

Education, Science and Technology

Whereas some schools have put into place their own type of security systems, firewalls, and antihack software to protect the users in their district, a New York State composed cyber security software system would be more reliable for schools, and easier to maintain throughout the state.

BE IT ENACTED BY LEGISLATE SENATORS VIRTUALLY ASSEMBLED THAT

Glossary of Terms:

VPN - Virtual Private Network - A VPN encrypts your data so when you are connected to the internet, a hacker cannot tap into your information via a website or router.

The School Cyber Security Act will target all public school districts by installing a New York State ran antihack software system to protect the teachers, students, and staff. The software would create a VPN that would act as a protection agent between the router system, and the user connected to the router. It will also create an antivirus system that will detect virus, and will attack the virus.

Punishments:

If a school does not follow the contract to install the New York State antihack software system, the school district will not receive state funding anymore.

Enforcement:

All public school districts will have to agree to the bill, and it will become part of the schools contracts for teachers, staff and students. In order to receive state funding for the school district, you must agree to install the New York State regulated antihack software system.

Enactment:

School Cyber Security Act (Assembly)

will go into effect on

September 1, 2021, 4:00:00 AM

All public school districts will be notified of this bill, as their contracts with the state will be updated to include this bill. This bill will go into effect at the start of the 2021-2022 school year for all public school districts.