San Antonio Congressmen File Bill for National Cybersecurity

February 11, 2019
In The News

A group of San Antonio-area congressmen supported a new bill filed this week that could lay the foundation for federal funding and collaboration with the National Security Collaboration Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

The bill, known as The National Security Preparedness Consortium Act of 2019, was introduced by U.S. Reps. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; Will Hurd, R-Helotes; Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin; and Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo. The goal is to stand up a consortium tasked to identify and address cybersecurity risks to include any terrorism threats with ties to San Antonio.

Since 2014, the Department of Homeland Security has awarded $13 million in grants to members of an existing National Security Preparedness Consortium expected to offer training and technical assistance in cybersecurity to state and local governments.

The House bill is bipartisan, and no companion bill has filed in the Senate. It was referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security.