With the increase in reliance on computer systems, staying connected, and the internet, cybersecurity is more important now more than ever. Not only have we become more reliant on computers and connectivity but the government has as well. So it makes sense that the U.S. government would need an agency to handle cybersecurity. Enter the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is a brand new government law enforcement agency signed into law by President Trump. The bill that created this new agency is named the CISA Act. This new bill will assimilate and rename the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The new agency will take charge of civilian and federal cybersecurity programs. The Department of Homeland Security had previously been responsible for this but that responsibility will now shift to CISA.
As CISA, the agency’s prerogatives will remain the same, and nothing is expected to change in day-to-day operations, but as a federal agency, CISA will now benefit from an increased budget and more authority in imposing its directives.”Elevating the cybersecurity mission within the Department of Homeland Security, streamlining our operations, and giving NPPD a name that reflects what it actually does will help better secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and cyber platforms,” said NPPD Under Secretary Christopher Krebs. “The changes will also improve the Department’s ability to engage with industry and government stakeholders and recruit top cybersecurity talent.”
With its promotion to the rank of federal agency, CISA is now on the same level as the US Secret Service or FEMA, but still under the DHS’ oversight. The new agency is expected to improve the cyber-security defenses across other US federal agencies, coordinate cyber-security programs with states, and bolster the government’s overall cyber-security protections in the face of mundane criminals and nation-state hackers.
Today @POTUS signed legislation to stand up the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in @DHSgov. The cybersecurity threat is constantly evolving and this reorganization positions us to better defend America’s infrastructure from digital and physical threats.
— Chris Krebs (@CISAKrebs) November 16, 2018