Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Securityâs Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said during an interview with CBS that the U.S. needs to deploy a ârange of toolsâ to address active adversarial threats.
Krebs, also a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, noted thatÂ the government needs to take action through legal sanctions as well asÂ overt and covert offensive capabilities to respond to adversaries such asÂ nation states, proxy groups or criminal entities, CBS reported Wednesday.
He addedÂ that the government and private sector needÂ to work together to effectively retaliate against threats from Russia and China. Russia aims to knock down the U.S. as a global leader while China seeks to manipulate the industry through strategies such as intellectual property theft.
CISA isÂ collaborating with over 2,000 local jurisdictions across 50 states to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity posture ahead of the 2020 election, Krebs said.