A panel charged with assessing Maryland’s vulnerability to cyberattacks recommended Friday that the state create a team of emergency personnel charged with defending its networks against hackers.

The General Assembly created the Maryland Cybersecurity Council last year and asked for regular reports with ideas for how to better protect the state’s computers and other critical infrastructure connected to the internet.

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh, chairman of the council, said planning for a major cyberattack that could shut down the electrical grid or interfere with the financial system is now as important as preparing for natural disasters.

Source: Panel recommends creation of state cybersecurity force