The Cybersecurity Act was signed into law in the state of New Mexico. The act establishes a Cybersecurity Office which will oversee cybersecurity and information security related functions across the state Information Technology (IT) ecosystem.

The act also establishes a cybersecurity advisory committee which is charged with identifying and recommending cybersecurity best practices for all state government entities, educational institutions and tribal governments. The Cybersecurity Office, working in conjunction with the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), will implement cybersecurity solutions for state agencies and offer solutions to other public sector entities. 

The office will adopt and implement new rules establishing minimum security standards and policies to protect agency information technology systems and infrastructure and to provide appropriate guidance for all administrators and users of state information technology resources.   

New Mexico’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Raja Sambandam will lead the new office.