Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed two bills into law that were priorities of the Technology Association of Iowa this legislative session. House File 553 aims to encourage companies to enhance their cybersecurity measures for safeguarding both their operations and customers against cyberattacks. The law offers an affirmative defense in tort litigation related to data breaches, provided that companies meet the outlined industry-recognized cybersecurity framework requirements. House File 143 makes the use of ransomware illegal in the state of Iowa and provides penalties.