Baltimore County Public Schools was another institution to face ransomware. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill last week that hopes to prepare cities across the country for ransomware attacks.

The $400 million grant program to be administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would incentivize cities to invest in cybersecurity to avoid the disruption that hit the City of Baltimore following its 2019 ransomware attack .

The State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act , H.R.3138, was drafted by a group including Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger , who represents Maryland’s 2nd Congressional District comprising parts of Howard, Harford, Baltimore, and Anne Arundel Counties, as well as small portions of the City of Baltimore. Other bipartisan representatives hail from Alabama, New York, Washington, Louisiana and Texas.

The bill doesn’t create the grant program per se, as a Ruppersberger spokesperson told Technical.ly , but directs the DHS secretary to create it, with […]