by Crystal Mertes
Enhancing the nation’s cybersecurity resilience is a top priority for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). One year ago, newly appointed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a call for action regarding cybersecurity designed to tackle immediate threats of ransomware. In a March 2021 address, Secretary Mayorkas outlined his vision and roadmap for DHS efforts to drive action and raise public awareness about cybersecurity priorities over the next year.
To confront the growing threat of cyberattacks, the DHS initiated a series of 60-day sprints to operationalize its vision:
To confront the growing threat of cyberattacks, DHS initiated a series of 60-day sprints to operationalize its vision
Understanding that most challenges require a more sustained effort than what can be accomplished within 60 days, the Office of the Secretary expected to elevate existing work to address each challenge, remove roadblocks that slow efforts and launch new initiatives and partnerships, where needed.
In addition to the 60-day sprints, DHS pledged a continued focus on four ongoing priorities, including:
Of course, as cyber challenges become more complex, the need for robust and agile solutions to support the government in meeting these challenges will also increase – as will agency budgets for cybersecurity efforts. This vision and roadmap was just the beginning. DHS continues to provide updates on their efforts and advancements in their cybersecurity guidelines and collaborations as the work unfolds.
DHS | Cybersecurity | https://www.dhs.gov/topic/cybersecurity
DHS | Cybersecurity News and Updates | https://www.dhs.gov/all-news-updates/170
DHS | Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas | https://www.dhs.gov/person/alejandro-mayorkas