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Christopher Krebs: CISA Eyes Consolidation of Civilian Agencies’ Cyber Efforts

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Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said CISA is collaborating with the Office of Management and Budget and Congress to explore approaches to consolidate civilian agencies’ cybersecurity initiatives, Nextgov reported Thursday.

“The 99 federal civilian agencies all manage their own risk, all own their own networks—that is not a particularly defensible posture,” Krebs said Tuesday during his speech at Auburn University. “In five years, I think you may see a completely different architecture across those 99 agencies.”

Krebs said CISA will act as a security facilitator to help agencies and companies secure their assets. He also discussed CISA’s priorities through a strategic plan released Thursday.

Those priorities include prioritizing risk management to address threats and other vulnerabilities and leading efforts to protect the country’s critical infrastructure while working with other stakeholders. The document also outlined security topics CISA intends to focus on: election security, federal cybersecurity, industrial control system protection, security of soft targets, election security and Chinese supply chain and 5G risks.