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CISA Publishes New Document to Protect Critical Infrastructure From Misinformation; Jen Easterly Quoted

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has published a new Insight advisory on protecting critical infrastructure from misinformation and other forms of influence operations.

CISA said Friday its document titled “Preparing for and Mitigating Foreign Influence Operations Targeting Critical Infrastructure” advises critical infrastructure owners to train staff on cyber hygiene, seek out vulnerabilities and implement an incident response plan against mis-, dis-, and malinformation (MDM).

The agency’s recommended incident response plan involves oversight of the MDM incident response process, personnel assignments for MDM response and public relations and setting up communication systems for answering queries.

The guidance document also provides ways to mitigate the impacts of MDM. These practices include information sharing coordination and sharing accurate information.

“We need to be prepared for the potential of foreign influence operations to negatively impact various aspects of our critical infrastructure with the ongoing Russia-Ukraine geopolitical tensions,” said Jen Easterly, CISA director and a 2022 Wash100 awardee.