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Maryland governor signs bills to strengthen cybersecurity

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan signed measures to strengthen cybersecurity in state and local governments in Maryland on Thursday, after lawmakers approved legislation and big investments this year to protect vital systems against cyberattacks.

One of the measures aims to help local governments, school systems and health departments work with more resources and assistance from the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to improve cybersecurity. The agency will support local governments in developing vulnerability assessments and response plans.

“Today we are signing into law bipartisan legislation to continue solidifying our standing as the cyber capital of America, and further strengthen our infrastructure to protect Marylanders against cyberattacks,” the Republican governor said, in a reference to the number of cybersecurity companies in the state, as well as cyber-related federal agencies and military installations.

In a year of huge budget surplus, Maryland lawmakers approved roughly $570 million for cybersecurity and

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