How to Use ARPA Funds for Cybersecurity

COVID-19 impacted organizations of all sizes in ways nobody could have predicted. Local, state, and federal governments had to pivot rapidly. The shift to operating in a remote environment created new opportunities for cybercriminals to take hold of public sector agencies and presented new cybersecurity challenges.

In response to the unprecedented hardship the coronavirus pandemic caused, Congress passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) of 2021. In its Interim Final Rule, the Secretary of the Treasury announced that state, local, and federal government agencies can use this funding to invest in modernization of cybersecurity, including hardware, software, and protection of critical infrastructure.

Designated technology and cybersecurity funding from ARPA is intended to support, fund and mitigate additional technology advancements, ensure systems stability, and safeguard against cyberthreats.

Government-focused ransomware attacks continue to be the center of news stories, and bad actors are only getting more sophisticated as time passes. This dynamic, fast-paced, and changing environment requires organizations to have a proactive, responsive, and consistent cybersecurity program. Because the risk environment is always evolving, your agencies and businesses need to be able to prepare for and adapt to changing conditions, so you can detect threats and recover rapidly from disruptions without compromising your security posture.

In this webinar, Brendan D. Travis, will discuss how your organization can work towards achieving cybersecurity resilience and thus modernize your cybersecurity program to ward off future cyber threats.

Key Takeaways:

  • Discover how ARPA funding can be used to invest in your cybersecurity infrastructure and what steps you can take to obtain and start using the funds
  • Learn how to build a comprehensive cybersecurity program using a risk-based approach
  • Understand the elements of a holistic cybersecurity strategy and how to achieve the greatest ROI

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