DHS Kicks Off Cybersecurity Awareness Month
Tuesday, October 04, 2022 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched Cybersecurity Awareness Month activities.

President Joe Biden signed a proclamation that designated October as a time for public and private sectors to work together to continue raising awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and equip the American people with the resources needed to be safer and more secure online.

DHS has several cybersecurity initiatives, including the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, Shields Up, the creation of the Cyber Safety Review Board, and the announcement of $1 billion in cybersecurity grants for state and local partners. Ways in which its components support cybersecurity include:
• The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency leads the national effort to understand, manage and reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure.
• The Transportation Security Administration uses a combination of regulation and public-private partnerships to strengthen cyber resilience across the broad transportation network.
• The United States Coast Guard has broad authority to combat cyber threats and protect U.S. maritime interests both domestically and abroad.
• The United States Secret Service investigates cybercrime such as network intrusions and ransomware, access device fraud, ATM and point-of-sale system attacks, illicit financing operations and money laundering, identity theft, social engineering scams, and business email compromises.
• Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) is a worldwide law enforcement leader in dark net and other cyber-related criminal investigations. HSI's Cyber Crimes Center (C3) delivers computer-based technical services to support domestic and international investigations into cross-border crime.
• The Office of Policy leads the whole of federal government effort to coordinate, deconflict and harmonize cyber incident reporting requirements through the Cyber Incident Reporting Council and engages international partners through a variety of efforts with the intent to enhance collective cybersecurity by raising awareness for stakeholders.
• The Office of the Chief Information Officer ensures strong cybersecurity practices within DHS, so that the department may lead by example.

“Cybersecurity is not about technology; it’s about people,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “That’s why this year’s theme is ‘See Yourself in Cyber’ because it takes all of us, from network defenders to anyone with an internet connection, to make this country more cyber resilient,” said CISA Director Jen Easterly. “Throughout the month, CISA will be engaged with partners across the country to focus on promoting cyber hygiene, building a more diverse cyber workforce, and strengthening the technology ecosystem underpinning the critical infrastructure Americans rely on every day. Together, we will collaborate and innovate to make better cybersecurity a reality.”

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