Introducing the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Cybersecurity is a cornerstone of our national security strategy, especially as technology continues to advance. Malicious actors with cyber-capabilities threaten our critical infrastructure, continuity of government, and even private sector companies. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018, signed into law by President Trump on November 20,2018 establishes a new agency capable of defending and securing the United States against cyber threats. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) takes over the role of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD).

CISA’s mission is to lead the “national effort to defend critical infrastructure against the threats of today, while working with partners across all levels of government and in the private sector to secure against the evolving risks of tomorrow.” This will require coordination and collaboration among many government and private sector organizations. CISA focuses on three key approaches: Proactive Cyber Protection, Infrastructure Resilience, and Emergency Communications.

As he signed the Act, President Trump stated:

The men and women of the new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will be on the front lines of our cyber defense. They will partner with the private sector, and all levels of government, to defend America’s power grids, banks, telecommunications, and other critical parts of our economy.

The cyber battlespace evolves — and it is evolving, and unfortunately, faster than a lot of people want to talk about. But battlespace it is.

So as the cyber battlespace evolves, this new agency will ensure that we confront the full range of threats from nation-states, cyber criminals, and other malicious actors, of which there are many. This is going to go a long way. This is a very, very important piece of legislation, and it is my honor to have all of you with us.

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