Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a stable, safe, and resilient cyberspace.
Cyberspace and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risk stemming from both physical and cyber threats and hazards. Sophisticated cyber actors and nation-states exploit vulnerabilities to steal information and money and are developing capabilities to disrupt, destroy, or threaten the delivery of essential services.
On November 16, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018. This landmark legislation elevates the mission of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS and establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). CISA builds the national capacity to defend against cyber attacks and works with the federal government to provide cybersecurity tools, incident response services and assessment capabilities to safeguard the ‘.gov’ networks that support the essential operations of partner departments and agencies.
For cybersecurity, CISA's main focus areas include:
- Combatting Cyber Crime and Cyber Incident Response
- Securing Federal Networks, Protecting Critical Infrastructure, and providing Cybersecurity Governance
- Promoting Information Sharing, Training and Exercises, and Cyber Safety information