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CISA Invests $2M in Cybersecurity Training for Rural Communities and Diverse Populations
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced that it has awarded $2 million to bring cybersecurity training programs to rural communities and diverse populations.
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  3. FCC Investing Another $1B+ in Emergency Connectivity Funding
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  5. NGA Partners With UMSL to Create GEOINT Talent Pipeline
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