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DHS Secretary Mayorkas unveils strategic guidance to bolster US critical infrastructure security and resilience

DHS Secretary Mayorkas unveils strategic guidance to bolster US critical infrastructure security and resilience
DHS Secretary Mayorkas unveils strategic guidance to bolster US critical infrastructure security and resilience.

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DHS Secretary Mayorkas Unveils Strategic Guidance to Bolster US Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has released strategic guidance to bolster critical infrastructure security and resilience. This directive instructs federal agencies, critical infrastructure owners, and other stakeholders to focus on specific risk areas and outlines priorities for the 2024-2025 national critical infrastructure risk management cycle. The priority areas include addressing cyber and other threats posed by the People’s Republic of China, managing evolving risks and opportunities presented by artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies, identifying and mitigating supply chain vulnerabilities, incorporating climate risks into sector resilience efforts, and addressing the growing dependency of critical infrastructure on space systems and assets.

Mayorkas emphasized the need to build upon existing public-private partnership models and strive for meaningful operational collaboration. The DHS will collaborate with government and private sector partners to develop plans and capabilities to manage the consequences of complex incidents involving critical infrastructure, including a National Security Emergency Plan and updated National Cyber Incident Response Plan.

The guidance also highlights the importance of increasing visibility into shared international systemic risks to identify and mitigate supply chain vulnerabilities and the potential risks of dependence on space systems. Mayorkas invites all relevant entities to join in the effort to protect critical infrastructure and national security.

In addition, the DHS is advancing maritime cybersecurity in the Indo-Pacific through collaboration with the Indonesian Government to strengthen cybersecurity defenses and protect maritime critical infrastructure from cyber threats and attacks.

The strategic guidance aims to safeguard the critical infrastructure systems essential to everyday American life and ensure the safety of all Americans.

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