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USA: President signs State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021 into law

The U.S. President, Joe Biden, signed, on 21 June 2022, Senate Bill ('SB') 2520 for the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021 into law. In particular, the Act amends some provisions of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and provides for collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security ('DHS') and state, local, and territorial governments, as well as corporations, associations, and the general public, regarding cybersecurity. Moreover, the Act expands DHS responsibilities through grants and cooperative agreements, including provision of assistance and education related to cyber threat indicators, proactive and defensive measures, cybersecurity technologies, cybersecurity risks and vulnerabilities, incident response and management, analysis, and warnings.

Lastly, the Act requires the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, upon request, to coordinate with different entities engaging in specified activities, including activities in relation to:

  • conducting exercises with state, local, tribal, or territorial government entities;
  • providing operational and technical cybersecurity training to such entities; and 
  • promoting cybersecurity education and awareness.

You can read the Act here and view its history here.