New CISA Act Makes DHS NPPD Lead Agency for Cybersecurity
Monday, November 19, 2018 | Comments

President Donald Trump signed the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Act of 2018 (H.R. 3359) into law. The legislation transforms the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) into a new operational agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and prioritizes the mission as the federal leaders for cyber and physical infrastructure security.

The CISA Act elevates the cybersecurity mission within DHS and streamlines operations to better secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and cyber platforms. CISA continues NPPD’s mission of leading the national effort to improve critical infrastructure security, coordinating the protection of the federal government’s networks and physical infrastructure, and helping entities in the public and private sectors manage risk.

Specific to emergency communications, CISA enhances public-safety interoperable communications at all levels of government, providing training, coordination, tools and guidance to help partners across the country develop their emergency communications capabilities. CISA conducts nationwide outreach to support and promote the ability of emergency response providers and relevant government officials to continue to communicate in the event of natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.

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