Infrastructure Legislation Could Improve State and Local Government Cybersecurity

August 25, 2021


Cybersecurity is the top technology concern among county governments and state CIOs and has been for years. Now, as ransomware attacks on local governments continue unabated and states consider bans on ransom payments, the federal government may be riding to the rescue.

Tucked into the Senate’s recently passed $1 trillion infrastructure bill is about $1 billion in funding for state and local government improvements to cybersecurity.

The funding in the bill, which could become law this fall, would fill a critical need for states and localities to enhance IT security protections, especially from ransomware attacks.