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Joint Statement by Secretaries Mayorkas and Raimondo on President Biden’s National Security Memorandum to Strengthen Nation’s Cybersecurity Infrastructure

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September 22, 2021

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo released a joint statement on the issuance of preliminary cybersecurity performance goals as directed by President Biden’s National Security Memorandum, “Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems.” 

“Today, we are delivering on the first step of the President’s National Security Memorandum (NSM) objectives to strengthen the cybersecurity of our Nation’s critical infrastructure control systems.  DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in coordination with the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), developed preliminary cybersecurity performance goals based on nine categories of best practices.  These goals are part of a long overdue, whole-of-government effort to meet the scale and severity of the cybersecurity threats facing our country.  It is vital that critical infrastructure owners and operators immediately take steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture toward these high-level goals.  The safety and security of the American people relies on the resilience of the companies that provide essential services such as power, water, and transportation.  We look forward to further engaging with key industry stakeholders to promote these efforts to protect our national and economic security.” 

Read the preliminary performance goals and objectives on CISA.gov.

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Last Published Date: September 22, 2021
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