Cornyn Bill to Enhance Cybersecurity Programs at UTSA, A&M Passes Out of Committee


In: All News   Posted 02/13/2019
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WASHINGTON– U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement after the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act passed out of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee:

“Strengthening the partnership between DHS and the NCPC is vital to ensuring our nation is well defended against cyber threats, and Texas universities continue to be the forefront of that fight. I’m grateful to Chairman Johnson and the Committee for their support of this important bill.”

Background:

The NCPC is comprised of university-based training entities including The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, The University of Arkansas, The University of Memphis, and Norwich University.

Under this bill, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be authorized to work with the NCPC to:

  • Provide training to state and local first responders and officials, develop curriculums, and provide technical assistance;
  • Conduct cross-sector cybersecurity training and simulation exercises for state and local governments, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and private industry;
  • Help states and communities develop cybersecurity information sharing programs; and
  • Help incorporate cybersecurity risk and incident prevention and response into existing state and local emergency plans and continuity of operations plans.