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US Rep. Langevin introduces bill on cybersecurity training

March 10, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island congressman has introduced a bill to incorporate cybersecurity training into career and technical education programs.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Langevin introduced the bill with U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, a Pennsylvania Republican. They’re co-chairmen of the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus.

The bill would authorize $10 million to create a competitive grant program within the Department of Education to incorporate cybersecurity education into new or existing education programs.

Langevin says the nation needs a workforce that is equipped with the proper skills to protect critical infrastructure, such as power plants, dams and hospitals.

Thompson says it’s of paramount importance to develop a 21st century workforce to meet the technical demands the nation faces.

They say existing education programs teach students about safety, but cybersecurity is rarely covered.