HARRISBURG – The PA Senate approved a package of legislation aimed at preventing data security breaches and requiring victims and law enforcement officials to be notified when they happen. Senate Bill 482 creates the new “Office of Information Technology” and requires cybersecurity best practices across state agencies. Senate Bill 726 would bar taxpayer dollars from being paid for ransomware attacks and Senate Bill 696 requires a seven day notification to victims of a ransomware attack within state agencies, as well as local governmental entities, school districts, state-related universities, community colleges, and charter and cyber charter schools. Passage of the bills come after PA’s unemployment compensation system acknowledged that hackers got into some recipients’ accounts. The bills now go to the state House for consideration.