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      How State & Local Government Organizations Are Receiving Cybersecurity Funding

      As a part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds may make your state and local government organization eligible to receive funding for the expansion of cybersecurity.

      The Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds is intended to replace lost revenue for eligible state and local organizations to strengthen support for vital public services, to address public health and economic challenges that contributed to the inequal impact of the pandemic, and to support economic stabilization for businesses. As the pandemic has also contributed to the rise of cyberattacks, this funding can enable your organization to obtain the security required to protect their most sensitive data.

      The announcement of the Interim Final Rule in May of 2021 specifies that state and local organizations can use this funding to invest in “modernization of cybersecurity, including hardware, software, and protection of critical infrastructure.” It also states that “Fiscal Recovery Funds may be used for cybersecurity needs to protect water or sewer infrastructure, such as developing effective cybersecurity practices and measures at drinking water systems and publicly owned treatment works.” (Sections 602 and 603 of ARPA). For organizations who have constrained IT budgets, this announcement may signal an opportunity to invest in much needed cybersecurity infrastructure.

      From helping your organization secure its endpoints, to finding the right identity and access management solution, to taking your security to the cloud, Aurora can help you with your next cybersecurity project. See our offering here or contact us at sales@aurorait.com.

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