Congress, in the USA, claimed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill on Friday that covered nearly $2 billion in cybersecurity funding. The bill is now heading to President Joe Biden’s. The bill includes $1 billion in state, tribal, local, and regional cyber security funds. $100 million for Homeland Security. And $21 million for National Cyber Director Chris Inglis.
The four-year, $1 billion donation fund is something state & local authorities have been waiting for to catch their increasing cybersecurity to-do list. States have to meet a certain percentage of the federal dollars to have millions of dollars in grant funding each year. The percentage should rise from 10% to 40% over the next four years. The state will estimate cyber funding in their budgets as a conclusion.
The Washington Post declared that for the cybersecurity fund, 1% will go to every state and 0.25% will go to all four US regions. Another 3% will go to tribal authorities. The remaining funds will be divided based on their population size and their rural population. States are bound to dedicate at least 25% of the funding to cyber programs in rural areas.
The bill says, $200 million in concessions will be delivered in 2022. $400 million will be consumed in 2023. And $300 million in 2024, $100 million in 2025. The Federal Highway Administration has also required a tool to assist them in responding to cyberattacks. Jonathan Reiber who is former chief strategy officer for cyber policy in the US Secretary of Defense during the Obama government, informed the bill addresses some of the biggest concerns experts have about the country’s cybersecurity readiness and infrastructure.