Across the past year, state and local agencies experienced record numbers of ransomware attacks. In response, lawmakers have attempted to introduce legislation that provides the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) with broader powers and greater authority. Given the massive uptick in cyber threats, the expansion of CISA’s role has generally been met with applause.
In 2018, when CISA began, it largely functioned as the federal government’s cyber watchdog. Now, it performs an array of tasks, from overseeing the State Interoperability Markers system –which assists states in identifying cyber security gaps and in determining how to address vulnerabilities- to running a pen testing Cyber Assessments Program.
But it’s not enough. The House recently passed a funding increase for the CISA that provides $239.1 million more than in past fiscal years. Other security related bills are also advancing through the House and the Senate. Bipartisan support for protecting US cyber infrastructure has allowed for legislative progress around the issue.
Expanding CISA’s initiatives and redefining cyber security priorities are key in mitigating threats. Curious tactics that government agencies are employing to tackle cyber security?
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