Governor Beshear Visits Interapt Offices to Sign State Legislation Aimed at Cyber Security

Interapt’s offices at The Nucleus were the site chosen by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear this week to sign two House bills aimed at updating state laws regarding cyber security, specifically the protection of private consumer data stored by businesses and organizations.

Now that House Bill 5 and House Bill 232 are offically signed into law, school districts and other public agencies that compile data will be required to promptly investigate any suspicion that private data has been stolen or compromised. Investigators must report their findings to agency overseers within two days. If security has been breached, the agency must notify victims within 35 days, or in 28 days if more than 1,000 people have been victimized.

The Nucleus was chosen as the setting for the Governor’s signing of these two bills because tenants of Nucleus Innovation Park like Interapt are working with cutting-edge technology.  University of Louisville President James Ramsey greeted the governor and expressed that “what Nucleus really stands for is creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship in a changing world economy.”

Governor Beshear also chose Interapt’s offices at The Nucleus because he was already familiar with Interapt’s work and its CEO Ankur Gopal, as Gopal recently accompanied Governor Beshear and other Kentucky officials on a trade mission to the United Kingdom.

Beshear himself said that what companies like Interapt are doing at Nucleus is “successful and exciting [because] it not only pushes Louisville forward, it pushes all of Kentucky forward.”  The Governor stressed that this kind of innovation is more necessary than ever because “with more of our private and sensitive information being stored online every day, both government and private businesses have to embrace the latest technology to protect that sensitive information.”

In addition to UofL President Ramsey, the Governor was joined by bill sponsors Steve Riggs (D-Louisville) and Denver Butler (D-Louisville), State Auditor Adam Edelen, and Microsoft’s Roger Archbold, all of whom offered their praise to the state legislature for moving these bills through quickly to address an imminent threat to the privacy and security of Kentucky citizens.

State Auditor Edelen didn’t mince words when he spoke to the room: “This is bigger than partisan issues, and these solutions are significant for the people of Kentucky. Make no mistake: There is no greater public protection concern than privacy in the digital age.”

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