This bill would increase coordination between between the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), and state and local entities looking to improve their cybersecurity.
State and local governments would be able to request that the NCCIC identify vulnerabilities in their information systems. The state and local government could also receive information about security protections that are appropriate to the potential damage caused by unauthorized access or use of that entity’s information.
The NCCIC would also give state and local governments guidance in improving their cybersecurity through implementing new security systems and training government officials.
Privacy and civil liberties training would also be available to state and local governments to help minimize the retention and use of unnecessary information related to cybersecurity risks. Obsolete and erroneous information, including personal information, that is unrelated to a given cybersecurity risk or incident would be deleted.
Within two years of this bill’s enactment NCCIC would provide reports on the program’s effectiveness to relevant congressional committees after soliciting feedback from state and local governments.