How best to improve cybersecurity across the state will be the focus of a public hearing at the Massachusetts Statehouse this week.
The Joint Committee on Advanced Information Technology, the Internet and Cybersecurity will hold the virtual hearing on Wednesday at 1 p.m.
The hearing will be chaired by Sen. Barry Finegold of Andover and Rep. Linda Dean Campbell of Methuen, both Democrats, and will including testimony from a range of cybersecurity experts including state officials and representatives from Oracle, Google, Microsoft, Comcast, and the cybersecurity firm VMWare.
The hearing follows several cyberattacks in Massachusetts and throughout the country. A malware attack forced the state’s auto inspection system to shut down for nearly three weeks in the spring, and cities and towns across Massachusetts continue to face the challenge of combatting cyber threats, Finegold said.
According to FBI data, residents in Massachusetts lost around $100 million from reported cybercrimes in