MGT Technology can help guide state and local governments through the application process to meet cybersecurity requirements.
Under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) provides $1 billion in federal grants for fiscal years (FY) 2022 through 2025 to enhance information technology (IT) cybersecurity, resiliency, and protection of state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments.
Applications for the first tranche of $200 million in FY 2022 are due by November 15, 2022.
Future application dates will be announced for:
FY 2023: $400 million
FY 2024: $300 million
FY 2025: $100 million
Eligibility and Application for Cybersecurity Grants for State and Local Governments
Eligible state governments must pass down at least 80% of the funds they receive to local governments within their jurisdictions ― 25% must be allocated to local governments in rural areas. Grants can also be provided to two or more eligible entities applying together as a “multi-entity group.”
Local governments are urged to contact their state Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), or National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) to pursue this funding opportunity now for application by November 15, 2022, and subsequent application dates to be announced through 2025. For additional information, see the cybersecurity grant fact sheet and frequently asked questions.
MGT Can Help You Apply
MGT Technology can help state, local and tribal governments navigate the application process and meet the cybersecurity requirements to capitalize on these funds efficiently. To apply for a grant, eligible state entities must provide a Cybersecurity Plan which is subject to approval and periodic review by federal authorities. The plans must describe the applicants’ approach to handling a comprehensive list of cybersecurity-related control measures, including continuous cybersecurity vulnerability assessments and threat mitigation practices; adopting, and using best practices and methodologies to enhance cybersecurity, such as those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) framework; and assessing and mitigating, to the greatest degree possible, cybersecurity risks and threats relating to critical infrastructure.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has a cybersecurity framework, which cross-references the NIST framework.
MGT Technology’s Security Operations Center (SOC) and Network Operations Center (NOC) are based on the NIST framework and take a 24x7x365 approach to Managed Detection & Response (MDR). For assistance with the IIJA cybersecurity grant application process, please contact us at https://explore.mgtconsulting.com/iija.
Additional Cybersecurity Grant Program Information
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), administers the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. These grants address cybersecurity risks and threats to networks and information systems owned or operated by (or on behalf of) state, local, or tribal governments.
An eligible state or tribal government that receives a grant under this program, or a local government that receives a subgrant, must use the funds to:
- Develop, implement, or revise a Cybersecurity Plan
- Support activities that address imminent cybersecurity threats to the information systems owned or operated by (or on behalf of) the eligible entity or a local government within its jurisdiction
- Address any other appropriate cybersecurity activity determined by the Secretary of Homeland Security, acting through the National Cyber Director
These requirements are intended to heighten cybersecurity at the state and local levels and reinforce the federal government’s efforts to standardize more robust cybersecurity practices in both the public and private sectors.
About MGT Technology
MGT Technology has decades of proven cybersecurity and network experience serving state, local, and tribal governments, as well as Fortune 500 enterprises, educational institutions, healthcare, and financial organizations. With its Security Operations Center (SOC) and Network Operations Center (NOC), and team of more than 120 in-house expert security engineers, we provide enterprise-level Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) expertise to plan, navigate, protect and defend the cyber landscape against cyber-attacks.
For more information about MGT Technology’s Cybersecurity Solutions, including Cybersecurity Planning, 24x7x365 Managed Detection & Response Systems, Assessments & Testing, and Compliance Programs, please visit https://www.mgtconsulting.com/contact/