The National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium Act of 2021 was introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and has three 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. It was passed by the House on 3/7/2022 on a vote of 403 to 19. On April 7, 2022, the Senate agreed to the House amendment. The bill was signed by the President on May 12, 2022 and became Public Law 117-122.