The Illinois Emergency Management Agency received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help train first responders and local governments.
A Cyber Security and Cyber Incident Awareness course will be developed with the grant money by the IEMA, the Illinois Terrorism Task Force Cyber Security Committee, and the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois. The course will feature online and classroom components and help state and local emergency responders identify, prevent, and respond to cyber incidents.
"Information technology is vital to every segment of our society, including first responders," IEMA Director Jonathon Monken said. "We're excited to have this opportunity to develop training that addresses cyber security and to share this training with first responders across the nation."
After training is complete, the Center for Public Safety and Justice will then give the training to FEMA's ten regions, which cover all states and six United States territories.
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