County leaders express concern over cost of 'Kansas Cybersecurity Act'

WICHITA, Kan. A bill seeks to create a Kansas cyber-security authority, but here in Sedgwick County commissioners worry about the cost.

It would create a Kansas information security office that would look at cyber-security and create training programs.

All government and other agencies that connect to state networks would have to prove their security to the new agency.

Several commissioners said while they see the need, they feel the funding is being pushed down from the state to the local level.

"Cybersecurity is important right, the problem is it's going to cost us $700 per person here in Sedgwick County to access any of their databases, 700 a person for the Sedgwick County Sheriff alone is $385,000 a year,” said David Dennis, Sedgwick County Commissioner Chairman.

In the bill's financial impact it says it could cost government agencies much more.

For the Department of Corrections, an additional $5.7 million dollars a year.