Ransomware attack preparedness; Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) to study. (HJ64)

Introduced By

Del. David Reid (D-Loudoun)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Study; Virginia Information Technologies Agency; ransomware attack preparedness; report. Requests the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) to study the Commonwealth's susceptibility, preparedness, and ability to respond to ransomware attacks. In conducting its study, the Agency shall (i) assess the Commonwealth's susceptibility to ransomware attacks at the state and local levels of government; (ii) develop guidelines and best practices to prevent ransomware attacks; (iii) evaluate current data encryption and backup strategies; (iv) evaluate the availability of tools to monitor unusual access requests, viruses, and network traffic; (v) develop guidance for state agencies and localities on responding in the event of a ransomware attack; (vi) develop a coordinated law-enforcement response strategy that utilizes forensic investigative techniques to identify the source of ransomware attacks; and (vii) provide recommendations on legislative or regulatory changes to better protect state and local government entities from ransomware. The bill requires VITA to report its findings to the Governor and the General Assembly no later than the first day of the 2021 Regular Session. Read the Bill »


02/25/2020: Passed the Senate


01/06/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104858D
01/06/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
01/27/2020Assigned Rules sub: Studies
02/03/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 0-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Rules (17-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Taken up
02/10/2020Engrossed by House
02/10/2020Agreed to by House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Block Vote Passage (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Reading waived
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on Rules
02/21/2020Reported from Rules
02/24/2020Reading waived (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Read third time
02/25/2020Agreed to by Senate by voice vote
02/25/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ64ER)