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Rep. Will Hurd: Proposed Bill to Offer DHS Cyber Support at State, Local Levels

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cybersecurityRep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) has proposed a bill that would direct the Department of Homeland Security to provide resources for state and local governments upon request as they work to protect their computer networks from cyber attacks.

The State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2015 would task DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to conduct cybersecurity training among information technology personnel at state and local governments, Hurd’s office said Tuesday.

NCCIC would also be required to gain feedback from state and local agencies on its assistance efforts.

Hurd drafted the bill with Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas).

“State and local governments often do not have access to adequate personnel or technical cybersecurity resources,” Hurd said.

“This is more than just about protecting the private information of individuals who work for local government agencies,” he added.

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