WOODBRIDGE, VA — Delegate Hala Ayala released the following statement after Governor Ralph Northam called a state emergency following the Colonial Pipelines Cyberattack:
“I’m grateful for Governor Northam’s decisive action to support Virginia families and businesses as we recover from the Colonial Pipelines cyberattack. His Executive Order will help our Commonwealth prepare by increasing flexibility and funding to prevent any potential shortages.
I have proudly worked as a cybersecurity specialist to protect our country from attacks like these throughout my career, so I see firsthand the financial and personal impact how cyberattacks like Colonial Pipelines have on our Commonwealth’s workers, families, and businesses. Our aging critical infrastructure leaves our communities vulnerable and continues to deeply concern me. This is why I’ve worked tirelessly in the General Assembly to pass legislation to require cybersecurity training for all state employees, strengthen and modernize our critical infrastructure, and increase funding to protect our state agencies from attacks. As Lieutenant Governor, I will continue to be the strongest security advocate in our administration to ensure that Virginia workers, families, and businesses do not continue to suffer from attacks like these.”