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$4M+ funds to boost state, local MT cybersecurity

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News from the office of Senator Tester

BIG SANDY — Continuing his efforts to protect Montanans’ privacy and cybersecurity, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced $4.95 million in grant funding to help state and local governments—particularly in rural communities—address cybersecurity risks and threats. This funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is aimed at helping local communities implement plans to assess and combat cyber threats.

“Cybersecurity is the next frontier when it comes to national security threats we face from foreign adversaries, and it’s critical that Montana’s communities are prepared to handle those emerging threats,” said Tester. “Too often our local governments—particularly in rural parts of the state—are under-resourced when it comes to combating cybercrimes impacting their communities, which can have serious impacts on businesses and municipal operations. The resources we secured today will help these folks bolster defenses against cybersecurity threats and train in the best ways to combat them.”

Completed applications must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, and more information can be found at:


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