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President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy Released

CISA gets a bunch more work.

Today there is the release of President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy. You can read the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) news release below.

Then there is this summary from Axios: “Biden administration releases national cybersecurity strategy.” In this article they call out the fact that nothing is going to change overnight. It is a “strategy” after all, which will require numerous points of implementation. A big role in that will be the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

One other note from reading other articles. One piece of the strategy is shifting more responsibility to the software developers to lock down their systems and prevent cyber intrusions.

Here’s the DHS news relase:

Statement from Secretary Mayorkas on President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy

Release Date: March 2, 2023

DHS will continue to bolster partnerships and strengthen the nation’s cyber resilience

WASHINGTON – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas released the following statement on President Biden’s National Cybersecurity Strategy:

“This National Cybersecurity Strategy establishes a clear vision for a secure cyberspace. The Department of Homeland Security continuously evolves to counter emerging threats and protect Americans in our modern world. We will implement the President’s vision outlined in this Strategy, working with partners across sectors and around the globe to provide cybersecurity tools and resources, protect critical infrastructure, respond to and recover from cyber incidents, and pave the way for a more secure future.”

The Department of Homeland Security and its components play a leading role in strengthening cybersecurity resilience across the nation and investigating malicious cyber activity.

Today’s National Cybersecurity Strategy emphasizes the Department’s critical role in the nation’s cybersecurity by:

  • Empowering the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to bolster its work to defend Federal Civilian Executive Branch systems and modernize our networks;
  • Calling for Congress to pass legislation to codify DHS’s Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB), a public-private partnership through which cyber leaders from the federal government and private sector conduct fact-finding and issue recommendations in the wake of significant cyber incidents;
  • Committing to further disrupting ransomware actors, including through investigations by the US Secret Service and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and CISA’s work as co-chair of the Joint Ransomware Task Force to increase the resilience of our critical infrastructure from these attacks;
  • Underscoring the value of operational public-private sector collaboration and the successes of targeted and calibrated regulatory approaches like those that the Transportation Security Administration and US Coast Guard are planning to leverage to protect the transportation sector; and
  • Identifying CISA to lead the update to the National Cyber Incident Response Plan, which will provide clarity across the Federal incident response landscape. 
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.