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Statement by Secretary Mayorkas on Charting New Course to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity and Protect Federal Government Networks

Release Date: 
May 12, 2021

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement in support of President Biden’s Executive Order to improve our nation’s cybersecurity and protect federal government networks:

“Recent cybersecurity incidents impacting SolarWinds, Microsoft, and Colonial Pipeline are a stark reminder that malicious cyber activity can significantly disrupt Americans’ daily lives and threaten our national security. Addressing these risks to our way of life is a shared responsibility that depends upon close collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Today’s Executive Order will empower DHS and our interagency partners to modernize federal cybersecurity, expand information-sharing, and dramatically improve our ability to prevent, detect, assess, and remediate cyber incidents.  We look forward to taking immediate steps to implement this Executive Order to help federal government agencies improve their security posture by modernizing programs and systems, developing a standard playbook for incident response, and establishing a Cyber Safety Review Board comprised of public and private sector stakeholders."

Last Published Date: May 12, 2021
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