- Associated Press - Saturday, October 15, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut’s new cyber security czar is coming online.

Art House, the current chairman of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority, is taking over as the state’s Chief Cyber Security Risk Officer. He will be responsible for enhancing cyber security prevention and protection within state government and working with entities across the state, including utilities and businesses.

The position is a new one for Connecticut. Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says his administration wants to make sure the state is prepared “for any contingency” and can “safeguard our residents from cybersecurity threats to critical infrastructure.”

Malloy says state government receives hundreds of thousands of cyber threats each month. He says that helped to convince him “this is a position that we need.”

House begins his new job immediately.

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