Colorado Passes Bill Advocating Blockchain For Gov’t Data Protection And Cyber Security

The Colorado Senate passed a bill on May 7 that involves using blockchain tech for government record keeping and cyber security.

Senate Bill (SB) 18-086 requires the governor’s office of information technology (OIT), the department of state, and the department of regulatory agencies to consider using encryption techniques and blockchain tech in order to protect confidential state records from criminal, unauthorized, or inadvertent manipulation or theft.

The bill outlines threats to government data that blockchain could potentially mitigate:

“In 2017, the cyber threat to the Colorado government included six to eight million attempted attacks per day […] There are increasing threats to the theft of […] information within government data [and to] networks. […]

The expanded use of distributed ledger technologies, such as blockchains, may offer transformative improvements to data security, accountability, transparency and safety across dispersed state departments and jurisdictions.”

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