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Today, President Joe Biden signed a National Security Memorandum (NSM) into effect on Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems. This new NSM will addresses cybersecurity for critical infrastructure and seeks to work with the private sector to build safeguards against destructive ransomware.
This follows last week’s new cyber security law passed by the House of Representatives which aims to prepare cities across the country for ransomware attacks. The new legislation includes $400 million grant program which will be administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to state and local governments. This will allow state and local governments to employ their own cybersecurity plans and must build maintenance of it into their own budgets.
Recently, there have been a slew of disruptive cyber-attacks on important US infrastructure including medical treatment, remote learning, and public transportation. Currently, less than three percent of states’ IT budgets are spent on cyber security measures and the new congressional legislation intends to fill this funding gap.
Read President Biden’s NSM HERE
Read the Congressional legislation HERE
Read more about recent cyber-attacks HERE
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