Posted by Secretary Janet Napolitano
Combating cyber threats is a shared responsibility that requires broad engagement – from government and law enforcement to the private sector and most importantly, members of the public. No nation, sector, neighborhood or individual is immune to cyber dangers. DHS plays a crucial function in this work, the two in guarding federal networks and assisting owners and operators of crucial infrastructure to secure their networks by way of chance evaluation, mitigation, and incident response capabilities.
Above the past numerous weeks, we have mentioned the Administration’s cybersecurity legislative proposal and how the recently launched bill by Senators Lieberman, Collins, Rockefeller and Feinstein would provide the comprehensive resources we need to have to successfully deal with the total assortment of cyber threats facing our nation, whilst preserving privacy and civil liberties and respecting freedom, openness, and innovation.
This week, I participated in a cyber demonstration for senators hosted by Majority Leader Harry Reid to display how the federal government would respond to a main cyber incident and how legislative reform would increase that response. Together with leaders from across the federal government, I discussed how a cyber attack on America’s critical infrastructure could have broad impacts by disrupting crucial resources, resulting in billions of dollars in economic loss and even potential reduction of life.
This Administration believes in the innovation and experience of the private sector. We will function with critical infrastructure owners and operators to make certain the adoption of cybersecurity practices and technologies that function best on their networks in order to achieve a baseline level of cybersecurity. As component of this proposed legislation, DHS will conduct targeted risk assessments in consultation with the private sector and others to establish which techniques and assets are topic to the best and most immediate cyber threats. We will collaboratively define cybersecurity overall performance needs for these nationwide security, economically important, or life-sustaining services.
This week’s cyber demonstration also illustrated how a more powerful legal framework paired with stiffer penalties for cyber crimes and the removal of legal barriers to sharing information will guard the American public and the American financial system.
All sides agree that federal and private networks ought to be much better protected, and that details really should be shared much more easily, however nevertheless securely. Each the Administration’s proposal and the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 (S. 2105) would supply DHS with clear statutory authority commensurate with our cybersecurity responsibilities, although getting rid of legal barriers to the sharing of information. As the Secretary of Homeland Security, I strongly support S. 2105 since it addresses the need to have, the urgency, and the methodology for guarding our nation’s crucial infrastructure.
The time to act is now: we ought to improve cybersecurity coordination, strengthen our cybersecurity posture, and safe all components of our economic climate against this severe and growing threat, even though guarding privacy, confidentiality, and civil liberties. We appear forward to continuing our engagement with Congress in the days ahead to attain agreement on a bill that will move the Nation forward.
Examine about how the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 would enhance protections for the American public, advance government network security, and boost protection of crucial infrastructure.