Policy Brief

Support the State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2017

 

ACTION NEEDED:

Urge your members of Congress to cosponsor the State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2017 (S. 412), which would direct the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to extend services offered by the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to state and local governments.

BACKGROUND:

As many county governments across the country work to deploy modern technology to provide a host of new services in their communities, the need for ensuring the safety of our digital infrastructure is greater than ever before.

Since each of our nation’s 3,069 counties have varied resources and face different challenges, it is important that every local government has access to experts that can share up-to-date techniques in preventing, mitigating and responding to cyber-attacks.

The State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2017 (S. 412) would require DHS to extend the services of their National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to state and local governments upon request. 

NCCIC’s mission is to reduce the likelihood and severity of incidents that may significantly compromise the security and resilience of the nation’s critical information technology and communications networks. 

During the 114th Congress (2015-2016), Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) introduced the State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 3869), which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives via voice vote. However, the Senate version of the bill (S. 2665) never made it to the floor for a vote. 

KEY TALKING POINTS:

  • Our nation continues to face the rising threat of cyber-attacks and data breaches. It is important that state and local governments have adequate resources to ensure the protection of their residents’ private and sensitive information. 
  • NCCIC is an around-the-clock cyber situational awareness, incident response and management center that is a national nexus of cyber and communication integration for the federal government, intelligence community and law enforcement.
  • NCCIC would be an asset in helping counties identify information system vulnerabilities; identify information security protections; learn best practices related to information security; and gain access to technical cybersecurity training. As such, it is important that Congress passes the State and Local Cyber Protection Act of 2017.

For further information, contact: Jacob Terrell at 202.942.4236 or jterrell@naco.org

About Jacob Terrell (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Telecommunications & Technology

Jacob Terrell serves as NACo's Associate Legislative Director for Telecommunications & Technology.  He is responsible for all policy development and lobbying pertaining to the county role as a telecommunications regulator, service provider and consumer, as well as cable services technology implementation, information technology development a

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