Infrastructure bill that funds more than a trillion dollars in nationwide federal spending including that for cybersecurity passed by U.S. Congress.
President Joe Biden said the passage of this bill will make USA more competitive globally.
Amongst other things the bill allocates $1 billion for state, local and tribal governments to reinforce their cybersecurity programs.Ransomware attacks have been a major menace for local governments in recent years.
Other portions of the funds would go toward strengthening the security of the electric grid, to the Department of Homeland Security for cyber research and development and to its Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to increase its operational budget.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which runs the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) existing grant programs, will provide the funds over four years starting in fiscal year 2022, with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) serving as a subject matter expert.
The Cyber Response and Recovery Act of 2021, has been incorporated in the Bill. This will enable government to utilize a fund of $100 million over five years to proactively respond to cybersecurity intrusions. Besides, newly created office of the National Cyber Director (NCD) has been allocated $21 million as funds for hiring qualified personnel as part of its essential cybersecurity mission. The bill also requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and CISA to identify such public water systems which if in case of a cyber-attack are degraded or rendered inoperable may lead to significant impacts on the health and safety of the public.