The bill also calls for regular audits of elections.
The bill is supported by Secretary of State Frank LaRose, Ohio National Guard Major General John Harris, the Ohio Municipal League, Ohio Utilities Protection Services, Ohio Township Association and others.
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Earlier this year, a ransomware attack hit the city of Akron’s systems and ransomware infected some computers tat Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
LaRose and Harris have argued that small local government entities don’t have the resources to deal with such cyber threats. The Cyber Reserve is a way to tap into existing expertise, they have said.
House changes to the bill still need to be agreed to by the Senate before the measure heads to Gov. Mike DeWine.