AAMA Urges Passage of Build Back Better Cybersecurity Investments

Published on October 26, 2021

(Washington, D.C.) — In recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, Mayor Hardie Davis, Jr., of Augusta, GA, and former president of the African American Mayors Association, issued the following statement calling on Congress to dedicate resources to strengthen cybersecurity infrastructure in U.S. Cities:

 

“Held every October for the past 18 years, Cybersecurity Awareness Month is a time to honor and strengthen the collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online while increasing the resilience of the nation against cyber threats. 

 

“As Congress debates the scope of funding for programs outlined in the Build Back Better Act, it is enormously important that they honor the spirit of Cybersecurity Awareness Month by dedicating millions of dollars to cybersecurity.

 

“New resources for cybersecurity are critical to keeping U.S. cities economically resilient and civically vibrant. Technology is one of the major driving forces for cities today, constantly changing and guiding our daily lives. In a world of increasing connectivity—people, places, things— “smart cities” are the key to a future in which every American has an opportunity to thrive. This is especially true in a post-pandemic world, in which people are working and learning from home.

 

“The funding for cybersecurity in the Build Back Better Act can strengthen smart city programs that support workforce development and reskilling, and spur the study of emerging technologies across the country. It can help mayors provide tech-forward city solutions in their communities of all population sizes, such as ensuring equitable access to technology and more equitable ownership, usage, and protections across wireless spectrum. 

 

“Ultimately, Congress should commit to supporting cities to continue being laboratories for innovation to resolve the nation’s greatest infrastructure and sustainability challenges by fully funding cybersecurity in the final iteration of the Build Back Better Act.”
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