The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) held its third Cybersecurity Advisory Committee meeting in Austin, Texas. The members met and provided updates and key recommendations to CISA Director Jen Easterly on the work of its six subcommittees. These recommendations will now be reviewed by the director and provide a response to the subcommittee recommendations.
“I was thrilled to host CISA’s Cybersecurity Advisory Committee today in Austin to discuss the recommendations from Committee members that will help ensure that CISA is the cyber defense agency that this country truly needs and deserves,” Easterly said in a statement. “I couldn’t be more grateful for the Committee’s partnership and look forward to closely studying their recommendations. With their guidance and the great work of the CISA team, we will help CISA fulfill its mission of ensuring the security and resilience of our critical infrastructure.”
Easterly also assigned the Committee a new topic for their advice, specifically that they assess the feasibility and key characteristics of a national alert system for cyber risk. The goal of this capability would be to provide a clear and simple method to convey the current severity of national cybersecurity risk to America’s critical infrastructure owners and operators taking advantage of the unique insights from CISA’s analysis of evolving threat activity and global partners.
The system would complement CISA’s existing production of alerts and advisories on specific, actionable risks. The move comes as Easterly and Chris Inglis, the National Cyber Director, wrote in an op-ed post this month that