For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Yesterday, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas traveled to California where he delivered remarks at the 8th annual IT Security Entrepreneurs’ Forum hosted by the Security Innovation Network to discuss the cyber threat landscape and the importance of innovation in the field.
During his remarks, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas highlighted the work that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken to safeguard and secure cyberspace. Over the past five years, cybersecurity has emerged as a top priority for the Department in efforts to secure unclassified federal civilian government networks, work with owners and operators of the systems we all rely on, combat cyber crime, build a national capacity to promote responsible cyber behavior and cultivate the next generation of frontline cybersecurity professionals—while keeping a steady focus on safeguarding the public’s civil rights and civil liberties.
He also underscored DHS’s efforts to share information with public and private sector partners every day to respond to and coordinate mitigation in the face of attempted disruptions to the Nation’s critical cyber and communications networks and to reduce adverse impacts on critical network systems.
While in California, Deputy Secretary Mayorkas met with stakeholders from the private sector to reiterate the importance of public-private collaboration on cybersecurity. In February, DHS announced the creation of the Critical Infrastructure Cyber Community C³ Voluntary Program. This program is an innovative public-private partnership designed to help align critical infrastructure owners and operators with existing resources that will assist their efforts to adopt the Cybersecurity Framework and manage their cyber risks.