Could Cybersecurity Bill Hurt Georgia's Growing Tech Industry?

Apr 9, 2018

The ransomware attack that crippled Atlanta a few weeks ago isn't the only high-profile cyberattack Georgia has faced in recent years.

Two years ago, a security researcher gained unauthorized access to a server used by Kennesaw State University's Center for Election Systems, which stores the data of millions of Georgia voters.

At the time, the data breach wasn't illegal under Georgia law —  but a new bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal's signature could change that. 

Senate Bill 315 defines unauthorized computer access as a crime under Georgia law, which would make data breaches easier to prosecute.

Some people in the tech industry, however, worry the law could actually hinder their ability to do their jobs.


Kate Bennett, senior integration support engineer, Nagra

Logan Hicks, board of directors member, International Institute of Research and Development