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The State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP)

by Matt Russell
State & Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) March 14 Application Deadline

In today’s digital world, Texas ISD’s are facing a critical challenge: keeping their digital doors locked tight against cyber threats. These threats are becoming more common and sophisticated by the day. Thankfully, the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP) is here to help. With the application deadline of March 14, 2024 fast approaching, let’s dive into why this grant is such an opportunity.

What Is the SLCGP?

First off, thank you to both the federal and state governments for kicking off the SLCGP. This initiative, fueled by the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law), is granting $1 billion over four years (2022-2025) to combat cybersecurity risks that target government-operated information systems. For Texas, that means about $40 million dedicated to ramping up our cybersecurity defenses with at least 25% of the total funds made available under the grant being passed through to rural communities.

How This Benefits Texas ISDs

So, why should Texas ISDs jump on this grant? It boils down to the reality of cyber threats. The grant covers everything from ransomware attacks that can lock entire school systems out of their own data to breaches that put students’ and staff’s personal info at risk.

The SLCGP offers a way forward through four key goals:

SLCGP Program Update outlining the four FEMA objectives that align with the program.
Screenshot by Emily Horn | Texas Department of Information Resources
  1. Governance and Planning
  2. Assessment and Evaluation
  3. Mitigation
  4. Workforce Development

Joining the SLCGP means access to a host of resources to beef up cybersecurity measures. This includes implementing tighter security practices like multi-factor authentication and data encryption, plus getting in on services offered by the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) like web applications and vulnerability scanning. These tools are game-changers for identifying weak spots and bolstering defenses.

How to Apply for the SLCGP

Don’t let this chance slip through your fingers. The process to apply is through the Office of the Governor’s eGrants website. Grab this opportunity to strengthen your digital defenses, keep your students safe, and future-proof your schools.

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