Aid for states is not the only thing that didn’t make it into the $480 billion stimulus package President Trump signed today – funding for cybersecurity also was notably missing, something that security experts, policymakers and security experts hope Congress will rectify in future stimulus bills, particularly around election security.
In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., the Cybersecurity Coalition, Alliance for Digital Innovation, BSA, The Software Alliance, The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), Cyber Threat Alliance, Global Cyber Alliance and Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) pressed for funding for states and local governments to secure their systems, some of which provide “critical services, particularly as residents increasingly telework, access state resources online, and depend on” critical infrastructure owned and operated by those governments.
“State and local entities, however, have long lacked the resources to adequately secure and maintain their digital infrastructure,” the group wrote. “The rise in malicious cyberattacks targeting state and local entities, combined with the chronic lack of workforce, patchwork legacy systems, under-resourced cybersecurity and IT services, and uneven federal assistance creates a greater risk of system failure that interrupts services on which state and local populations depend.”
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