House wants local agencies to coordinate cybersecurity with feds


The House passed legislation aimed at requiring state and local agencies to coordinate cybersecurity efforts with the feds on Thursday.

In a voice vote, the chamber passed the State and Local Cyber Protection Act. The legislation would require the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, to "assist state and local governments" in identifying and protecting against cybersecurity threats. The bill will head to the Senate.

The legislation was sponsored by House Information Technology Subcommittee Chairman Will Hurd, R-Texas. "State and local governments often do not have access to adequate personnel or technical cybersecurity resources," Hurd said in proposing the bill. "As I've said before, cybersecurity isn't just a buzzword. It's a serious issue that can potentially impact every single American. This is common-sense legislation that strengthens our nation's cyber posture at every level of government."

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