Secretary Nielsen CNBC Opinion Piece: Our Digital Lives are at Risk and We Need Bold Action

 

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August 6, 2018

Secretary Nielsen CNBC Opinion Piece: Our Digital Lives are at Risk and We Need Bold Action

DHS Recently Launched the National Risk Management Center

WASHINGTON – In case you missed it, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen’s opinion piece “Private sector needs to help the U.S. respond to cyber threats” ran on CNBC today. The piece calls for bold action to secure America’s cybernetworks and protect our critical infrastructure from cyberattacks. It also outlines the need for the Department’s newly launched National Risk Management Center, an initiative driven by industry needs and focused on fostering a better way to bring government and the private sector together to defend our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Last week, DHS hosted the National Cybersecurity Summit. This event convened some of the senior-most cybersecurity officials across government and industry, including cabinet officials, CEOs, and representatives from some of the largest companies in the world. This was the first-of-its-kind event providing a forum to coordinate risk management across government and private sector.

Excerpts of the op-ed can be found below and the full op-ed can be read here.

Private sector needs to help the U.S. respond to cyber threats
CNBC
By Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, Department of Homeland Security
August 6, 2018

A few keystrokes, thousands of miles away. Suddenly, the lights are out, communications systems are down and it's unclear what happened or who is responsible.

This is the new world of digital destruction. Cyberattacks against our critical infrastructure — the energy grid, emergency services, telecommunications, the financial services sector and more — have the potential for catastrophic effects disrupting our very way of life.

We are facing an urgent, evolving crisis in cyberspace. Our adversaries' capabilities online are outpacing our stove-piped defenses. In fact, I believe that cyber threats collectively now exceed the danger of physical attacks against us.

In short, our digital lives are at risk. And we need bold action to fight back.



For many years, DHS has worked closely with the private sector, but it has become clear that we lack a single focal point for turning threat intelligence into joint action.

That is why last week we launched the National Risk Management Center, an initiative driven by industry needs and focused on fostering a better way to bring government and the private sector together to defend our nation's critical infrastructure.

Housed within DHS, the Center will allow analysts and network defenders to sit side-by-side to assess our country's cyber risks, plan to combat them and — most importantly — implement tailored solutions to protect our networks.

We will bring to bear the full expertise of the federal government. The Center will provide the private sector with a one-stop-shop to access programs from all departments and agencies and coordinate defenses against cyber threats that can affect all sectors.

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