Chris Krebs, former director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, highlighted shifts to cloud-based services and multifactor identification as areas where federal funds could be used to improve state and local cybersecurity. (Photo by Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

On the heels of President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan, Chris Krebs, former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, suggested Wednesday that it was "well past time" for a large, federal grant program to improve state and local cybersecurity.

"I really think that it is well past time for a 21st-century 'digital infrastructure investment act,' where we provide the equivalent of block grants to state and local [government] where they can modernize their IT infrastructure," he said, answering a question on ransomware at a Center for Strategic and International Studies panel on the role of the Department of Homeland Security in cybersecurity.

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