Bipartisan bill would let DHS team with consortiums on cybersecurity

Bipartisan bill would let DHS team with consortiums on cybersecurity

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynAfter Texas shooting, lawmakers question whether military has systemic reporting problem Overnight Defense: Lawmakers question military's lapse after Texas shooting | Trump asks North Korea to 'make a deal' | Senate panel approves Army pick Overnight Regulation: House passes bill to overturn joint-employer rule | Trump officials to allow work requirements for Medicaid | Lawmakers 'alarmed' by EPA's science board changes MORE (R-Texas) reintroduced legislation Thursday to allow the Department of Homeland Security to work with non-profit consortiums to aid local cybersecurity efforts. 

The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act would allow the DHS to use consortia to help train local law enforcement and other government, develop information sharing programs and plan local cybersecurity strategies. 

The legislation comes as cybersecurity issues are receiving new attention following amid high-profile data breaches and accusations that Russian-backed hackers attempted to sway the election for President Trump.

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“With new access to specialists and cutting edge guidance, communities can improve their security and better plan for potential cyber attacks,” said Castro in a press release.  

A similar measure passed the House last session, but died in the Senate.

Every member of the San Antonio Congressional delegation — Democrats Henry Cuellar and Lloyd Doggett, and Republicans Will Hurd and Lamar Smith — will cosponsor on the House side. 

“State and local governments often don’t have access to the same tools as entities at the federal level. This bill would allow two leading academic institutions in Texas to help train states and local governments to respond and mitigate a potential cyberattack,” said Cornyn in a press release.

Both the University of Texas at San Antonio and Texas A&M’s extension program participate in the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium academic partnership.