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Cyber security bill introduced in Michigan House

Cyber security bill introduced in Michigan House just before worldwide cyber attack. (CBS)

LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A bill up for a vote in the Michigan state legislature would enhance cyber security for businesses and residents in the state.

The introduction of the comes just before a cyberattack that spread malicious software around the world, shut down networks at hospitals, banks and government agencies. The attack hit computers in about 100 countries.

Newschannel 3's Mike Krafcik spoke to state Representative Brandt Iden, Oshtemo (R), sponsor of a bill that aims to strengthen an all-volunteer force that provides cyber security and responds to attacks.

Established by Governor Rick Snyder in 2013, the Michigan Cyber Civilian Corp (MiC3), (http://www.michigan.gov/som/0,4669,7-192-78403_78404_78419---,00.html) responds when a government agency, a school or business is under imminent threat of a hacker attack.

Iden has proposed legislation that would fold it into state government, conduct background checks, insure certification and set policy for when they are deployed.

Currently, there MiC3 has 52 volunteers and Iden said his bill will make it easier for the force to achieve its goal of adding 150 more volunteers over the next 2 years.

Michigan is one of the few states with an all-volunteer cyber corps and has been approached by other state's as a model to fight against high-profile cyberattacks.

Iden, said, “This wouldn't be just a random case where your Facebook gets hacked. This is going to be a larger scale situation and you can call these people, local business, library, local government, whatever you may be.”

The bill is scheduled for a committee vote later this month. If it passes, it goes in front of the full house for a vote.

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