We know. It’s the federal government. Yet, cybersecurity
legislative trends show that security risks within government—whether it’s federal,
state, or local—are being addressed because they affect national security and
the privacy of citizens. There’s an incentive for Congress to help your city
shore up its cybersecurity.
The federal bill is called the State Cyber Resiliency Act and it’s in the proposal stage. As a
bipartisan bill, it has a higher chance of making it through the House and
Senate depending on Congressional priorities. Matt Zone, President of the
National League of Cities is quoted as saying:
manage substantial amounts of sensitive data, including data on vital
infrastructure and public safety systems. It should come as no surprise that
cities are increasingly targets for cyberattacks from sophisticated hackers.
Cities need federal support to provide local governments with the tools and
resources needed to protect their citizens and serve them best."
The idea is that FEMA will administer grants for state,
local, and tribal governments. Particulars about the grants are not clear at
the moment as the text of the bill has not yet been submitted.
We’ve been concerned about city cybersecurity for a long
time, and it’s reassuring to us that lawmakers want to help cities address this
issue. An article from FCW points out some drivers behind this bill:
We’ll be tracking this bill (S.516) after its introduction last week. Stay tuned!
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