In the recent legislative session, Louisiana lawmakers continued their trend of introducing and amending existing cybersecurity related legislation. The three bills outlined below were approved by the Louisiana Legislature and are now expected to be signed into law by Governor Edwards.
House Bill Number 7 (creating the crime of communication interference). This law makes it a crime for anyone to interfere with communications operated or controlled by the State of Louisiana, the military, and utilities that are not regulated by the Louisiana Public Service Commission or the City Council of New Orleans.
House Bill Number 74 (creating the crime of trespass against state computers). This law makes it a crime for anyone to obtain or transmit protected information from computers operated or controlled by the State of Louisiana. Additionally, it prohibits anyone from initiating a denial of service attack or introducing malware that impacts computers owned or operated by the State of Louisiana.
Senate Bill Number 46 (enacting the Louisiana Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act). This law provides a framework that encourages public and private entities to share cybersecurity threat information and defensive measures. This law essentially reflects the Federal Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015.
As demonstrated across the country, cybersecurity laws continue to evolve on state and federal levels. We will provide further updates as these legislative measures advance toward becoming official laws. In the interim, though, it is recommended that companies remain current on these changes in order to maintain a competitive edge in their respective industry and ensure compliance with all applicable statutory and regulatory obligations. Please contact Walt Green or Greg Reda if you have any questions regarding these specific legislative updates or cybersecurity compliance generally.