Katko said local governments are vulnerable to attacks and could face “massive costs” if they are targeted.
“That’s why, as the ranking member on the House Committee on Homeland Security’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Innovation, I am proud to join members on both sides of the aisle in introducing bipartisan legislation to provide state and local officials with the necessary funds and guidance to allow them to be prepared for, respond to and recover from cyberattacks,” he said.
There are other examples of state and local governments that have been targeted by attacks. In Louisiana, state and local agencies have dealt with cyberattacks. There are 22 towns in Texas that were affected by a ransomware attack.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said making investments in cybersecurity for state and local governments is a “national security imperative.” He noted that major breaches have cost large U.S. cities nearly $20 million.
“For too long, our state and local governments have had to fend for themselves as foreign adversaries and cyber criminals have targeted their networks,” Thompson said. “The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act will provide long-overdue resources and support to state, local, tribal and territorial governments across the country whose cyber defenses are outmatched by sophisticated adversaries.”