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CISA Sets Priorities to Cyber Secure Government, Industry

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Efforts at the Department of Homeland Security’s new Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will focus on improving cybersecurity of industrial control systems, federal civilian networks, election security and supply chain through 2020, GovTech reported Sunday.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for cybersecurity at CISA, said part of the agency’s top priorities is to protect connected devices and the “.gov” networks amid the expanding cyber capabilities of adversaries. 

“We have seen advanced persistent threat actors, including cyber criminals, nation states and their proxies, increase the frequency and sophistication of malicious cyber activity,” she told Dan Lohrmann of GovTech in an interview. “They are developing and using advanced cyber capabilities in attempts to undermine critical infrastructure, target our livelihoods and innovation, steal our national security secrets and threaten our democracy,” she added. 

To address threats to critical infrastructures, supply chain and the upcoming election, Manfra said CISA is working on increased coordination with government officials, industry and international partners for risk management.