US Federal Government to Increase Cybersecurity Cooperation with State and Local Officials

US federal officials will provide training in cybersecurity to state and local officials under new legislation signed by president Joe Biden.

The State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act aims to improve cooperation and coordination between the different layers of the US government, with the Department for Homeland Security required to provide training for state and local agencies in areas including threats, appropriate cybersecurity measures and advice on how to respond to incidents.

The legislation was authored by US Senators Gary Peters and Rob Portman, who said state and local governments need some additional help or access to expertise to address increasing cybersecurity threats.

As well as empowering the federal government to provide state and local officials with improved security tools, policies and procedures, it is also intended to ensure that government officials and their staffs have access to the hardware and software products needed to bolster their own cyber defences.