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Bipartisan Bill Seeks to Help Local Governments Employ Cyber Experts to Ensure Election Security

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Election Security
Election Security

Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) have introduced a bill to address the shortage of cybersecurity professionals who could help state and local government agencies deal with cyber vulnerabilities in election systems.

The bipartisan Cyber Navigators Act would create a grant program that would help local and state governments hire cyber professionals who can offer technical support, resiliency and risk management services to protect election platforms from cyber threats, Katko’s office said in a release published Friday.

“As we quickly approach November’s General Election, state and local governments must have the resources to ensure the integrity of their election systems,” said Katko, ranking member of the House Homeland Security’s cybersecurity, infrastructure protection and innovation subcommittee.

Katko added the proposed grant program in the measure would enable local and state governments recruit cyber experts who could help ensure election security.

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