New cybersecurity bill authorizes DHS to ramp up incident response efforts nationwide
The Department of Homeland Security will soon be able to work with the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium to ramp up its cybersecurity preparedness and incident response initiatives across the country after the Senate adopted the NCPC Act by unanimous consent.
The bill authorizes DHS to work with the national consortium of university-based training programs specializing in incident response and prevention, as well as cross-cutting cybersecurity training for state and local governments, first responders, industry stakeholders and critical infrastructure owners.
According to the legislation, DHS can also collaborate with the consortium to provide technical assistance services and training to state, tribal and local officials nationwide. The NCPC includes training entities at the University of Texas at San Antonio, the University of Arkansas, the University of Memphis and the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, among others.