The Nevada state legislature has begun considering Republican governor Brian Sandoval's $3.5 million request to bolster state cybersecurity in the next two years, the Associated Press reports. His proposal includes creating an Office of Cyber Defense Coordination, which would oversee "the state's first permanent cybersecurity response team," the report states. "It would organize data systems across all state agencies, consult private businesses on best practices and partner with education officials to develop a technologically savvy workforce." Additionally, Sandoval has suggested hiring a staff of four and spending $2.6 million to upgrade the state's mainframe, as well as an additional $800,000 on top of his initial request to update state hardware and software. The report states that no one spoke against the plan when it was unveiled to lawmakers at the recent hearing.
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