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Opportunities For Cybersecurity Investment In The Bipartisan Infrastructure Investment And Jobs Act – National Governors Association

In an increasingly modernized and interconnected world, the cybersecurity risk continues to grow, and our nation’s infrastructure is not impervious. For states looking to elevate their cybersecurity posture, the IIJA offers numerous avenues of support to make these improvements.
by Casey Dolen and Glenn Grimshaw
In November 2021, the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law, paving the way for a once-in-a-generation investment in America’s infrastructure. The passage of the IIJA secured about $1.2 trillion in funding toward nearly 400 new and existing programs, including programs seeking to improve the country’s roads and bridges, broadband network, energy network, port facilities, and to improve the resiliency of infrastructure and communities.
In an increasingly modernized and interconnected world, the cybersecurity risk continues to grow, and our nation’s infrastructure is not impervious. A disruption to the critical communications technology, transportation and utilities on which citizens rely can have sweeping economic and physical consequences. The IIJA recognizes this by including a number of cybersecurity-specific programs, as well as allowing spending from numerous other programs on cybersecurity preparedness and response, which can be integrated into other infrastructure investments.
For states looking to elevate their cybersecurity posture, the IIJA offers numerous avenues of support to make these improvements. Such programs can be distinguished between 1) those that directly provide funding to address cyber risks and threats, 2) those in which expenditures on cybersecurity-related investments are classified as eligible uses. These IIJA programs are in addition to programs established under other statues, including the Department of Energy’s Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response (CESER) Research, Development, and Demonstration program, which has announced a Fiscal Year 2022 funding opportunity.
The following guide provides an overview of potential IIJA grants overseen by various federal agencies that state, local, tribal and territorial (SLTT) entities may wish to take advantage of to combat the heightened global cyber threat.
The IIJA includes funding for new and existing cybersecurity-specific programs that focus on strengthening cyber systems and defense against future attacks, some of which provide opportunities to SLTT entities. Key programs are outlined below.
NGA is pleased to announce the creation of its Governors’ Cybersecurity Policy Advisors Network, which will serve as a forum to share ideas and troubleshoot challenges with colleagues from other states, connect advisors with valuable resources and technical assistance, and provide opportunities to hear from subject-matter experts via timely workshops.
Governors’ offices are invited to designate a representative to participate in this network. This individual could be a policy advisor in a Governor’s office who handles the Governor’s cybersecurity portfolio, a state cybersecurity advisor, a cybersecurity office/division director, or another official of the Governor’s choosing. The intent is that this individual can speak to the Governor’s priorities as they relate to cybersecurity. Offices are welcome to designate more than one representative as long as the Governor’s office has recommended their participation.
NGA asks offices to send contact information for the designated participant(s) to Ann Corcoran (acorcoran@nga.org). Questions about the network can be directed to Steve Fugelsang (sfugelsang@nga.org) and/or Casey Dolen (cdolen@nga.org).
The IIJA also includes several programs across a range of agencies which, while not cybersecurity infrastructure-focused, allow for investment in cybersecurity measures as an eligible use to support program objectives. A number of these programs are outlined below.
Please direct any questions regarding the content of this memo to Glenn Grimshaw (ggrimshaw@nga.org) or Casey Dolen (cdolen@nga.org). A full list of programs that provide funding for cybersecurity measures and further details of each can be found in NGA’s sortable and searchable IIJA program Tracker, which is located on the NGA’s IIJA Implementation Resources page. It may also be useful to consult the White House’s Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial Governments, and Other Partners, or the State Fact Sheets Highlighting the Impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Nationwide.

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