“Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas has today announced the many ways the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will carry out President Biden’s vision to elevate cybersecurity across the government. DHS will lead efforts to mitigate risks to the United States, further strengthen its partnerships with the private sector, and expand its investment in the infrastructure and people required to defend against malicious cyber attacks as part of a whole-of-government effort.
‘Cybersecurity is more important than ever, and we will build on the Department’s excellent work as we transform our whole-of-government approach to tackle the challenge we face as a nation,’ said Secretary Mayorkas. ‘This week is just the beginning of a series of actions DHS will pursue nationally and internationally to improve cybersecurity at all levels.’…”
“This week, Secretary Mayorkas will increase the required minimum spend on cybersecurity through FEMA grant awards. To accelerate critical improvements in state and local cybersecurity, CISA will urgently evaluate and implement additional capabilities including potential new grant programs that will enable critical security investments…”
“Secretary Mayorkas will reinforce CISA’s new “Reduce the Risk of Ransomware” Campaign to encourage public and private sector organizations to take action to mitigate ransomware risk. DHS will also leverage the U.S. Secret Service, through its Cyber Fraud Task Forces, to respond to ransomware incidents and arrest those that engage in this criminal activity…” Read the full article here.
Source: Mayorkas Sets Out Steps to Elevate Cybersecurity – February 22, 2021. Homeland Security Today.