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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the launch of a cybersecurity grant program for state, local and territorial governments across the country.
The State and Local Cybersecurity Program, backed by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, will provide SLT governments with $1 billion in funding spanning four years to support efforts to strengthen information systems against cyberattacks, according to a Sept. 16 news release.
“Cyberattacks have emerged as one of the most significant threats to our homeland,” Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in the release. “In response, we continue to strengthen our nation’s cybersecurity, including by resourcing state and local communities to build and enhance their cyber defenses. The cybersecurity grant process we are starting today is a vital step forward in this critical effort. Our approach is one of partnership, in the service of an all-of-society investment in the security of our homeland.”
There is $185 million available for the 2022 fiscal year, according to the release. Interested parties have 60 days to apply for a grant, which can be used to fund new or existing cybersecurity programs.
“As we build a better America, we’re ensuring that our infrastructure is more modern and digitally connected. But along the way, we must also take proactive steps to increase our resilience to the increasing threat of cyberattacks,” White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu said in the release. “Thanks to the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re making a once-in-a-generation investment of $1 billion in infrastructure cybersecurity, giving our state and local governments the resources they need to guard against debilitating cyber threats. Today’s announcement marks an important step in our commitment to strengthen resilience, protect and improve our nation’s infrastructure and safeguard our economy.”