Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Bill Includes Cybersecurity Funding for Local Governments

The bi-partisan infrastructure bill presently being debated in the U.S. Senate includes up to $1 billion in funding to state and local governments to enhance cybersecurity measures over four years.

The proposed funding would create a grant program to benefit state and local cybersecurity programs, which would be administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with in-put from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. In order to receive the grant funding, programs will have to submit a plan to CISA on how the grant funding will be used to bolster the cybersecurity program.

The bill would also earmark up to $21 million in funding for the newly created Office of the National Cyber Director in the Executive Office of the President.