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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

DHS grant kit offers cybersecurity guidance

The Homeland Security Department’s new preparedness unit is urging state governors to prepare cybersecurity plans, adopt a new national XML-based model for information-sharing and implement newly developed common rules for geospatial content.  The recommendations are some of the most detailed that the federal government has made to states and local governments to date on using IT in the fight against terrorism.  The IT-related guidance is included in the fiscal 2006 grant application kit for the distribution of $3.9 billion in federal homeland security grants to states and localities this year, published by the preparedness directorate.

In previous years, DHS has made general recommendations that states and other grant recipients conduct cybersecurity planning.

The largest grant program, a $2.5 billion State Homeland Security Grant Program, sends money to the states for anti-terrorism planning, equipment, exercises and training.  The second largest is $862 million for the Urban Area Security Initiative, which distributes grants to major cities.

Posted on 01/17