The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2021 was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) with two cosponsors. The bill would authorize the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to work with a consortium composed primarily of nonprofit entities, including academic institutions, to support efforts to address cybersecurity risks. This would include conducting cross-sector cybersecurity training and simulation exercises for entities, including critical infrastructure owners and operators, and incorporating cybersecurity risk prevention into state and local emergency plans. DHS is to conduct outreach to universities and colleges, including minority-serving institutions, to support this initiative. S. 658 passed the Senate on July 15, 2021.

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