What Do Local Governments Need from Federal Cybersecurity Grants?
Eighty percent of the cybersecurity grants soon to be awarded through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) will go to local governments.
And local governments may take many forms, as defined by the federal notice published for the grants:
“Local governments are defined in the law as a county, municipality, city, town, township, local public authority, school district, special district, intrastate district, council of governments (regardless of whether the council of governments is incorporated as a nonprofit corporation under State law), regional or interstate government entity, or agency or instrumentality of a local government; an Indian tribe or authorized tribal organization, or in Alaska a Native village or Alaska Regional Native Corporation; and a rural community, unincorporated town or village, or other public entity.”
As such, local governments’ cybersecurity strategies may differ based on their configurations. Different entities may face varied cybersecurity challenges, of course. But ultimately, local government entities may receive maximum value from these federal grants if they work together.