Senate confirms former White House official Jen Easterly as CISA director

“The Senate on Monday confirmed Jen Easterly as director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency by voice vote.

Once she’s sworn in, Easterly — the departing head of Morgan Stanley’s Fusion Resilience Center and a former White House and National Security Agency official — will be busy with the aftermath of a spree of ransomware attacks that have attracted the attention of policymakers like none before. They include incidents at fuel supplier Colonial Pipeline, meat processor JBS and software company Kaseya, where a compromise opened the door for attackers to claim perhaps thousands of victims…”

“In written testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee at her nomination hearing in June, Easterly spoke about the role of CISA’s director.

‘Within the federal cyber ecosystem, CISA is the “quarterback,” charged with protecting and defending federal civilian government networks; leading asset response for cyber incidents; and ensuring that timely and actionable information is shared across federal, non-federal, and industry partners’” the testimony reads.

She and Chris Inglis, sworn in Monday as the White House’s national cyber director after the Senate acted on his nomination last month, also talked about moving beyond voluntary security standards for critical infrastructure.

‘There probably is some sort of role for making some of these standards mandatory, to include notification,’ Easterly said. ‘I do think it’s important that if there’s a significant cyber incident, that critical infrastructure companies have to notify the federal government, in particular CISA. We have to be able to warn other potential victims.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Senate confirms former White House, NSA official Jen Easterly as CISA director after delay – By Tim Starks, July 12, 2021. CyberScoop.


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