Sens. Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and David Perdue (R-Georgia) have introduced a billÂ that would require the Department of Homeland SecurityÂ to help state and local authorities address cyber threats, Nextgov reported Thursday.
Joseph Marks writes the billÂ would directÂ theÂ DHS’ main cyber operations unitÂ to cooperate with non-federalÂ government officials in efforts to identify potential cyber vulnerabilities in agency systems upon request.
The legislationÂ also calls for DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center toÂ offer information to state and local officials about policies for incident response and cyber-related personal privacy and civil liberties.
âState and local governments face unique cybersecurity threats that can endanger critical infrastructure, as well as residentsâ sensitive personal and financial data,â said Peters.
Peters and Perdue drafted the bill in response to public concernsÂ over state and local governments’ capacity to defend critical infrastructure and citizen data from cyber attacks.