Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary at the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency outlines top priorities for the recently-elevated agency.
The National Protections and Programs Directorate has a new name. As Director Chris Krebs discussed on Government Matters earlier this year, the agency is officially now the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency. However, the name isn’t the only thing that’s changed. Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary at CISA, says that the organization has been elevated within the Department of Homeland Security. “Just like FEMA or TSA within the department, we are on par and focused on our operational mission of securing our critical infrastructure and security,” Manfra said. “We will continue to build upon this role as the federal lead for civilian cybersecurity and critical infrastructure leading the nation’s effort to secure and protect our [systems.]” Manfra says that one of her agency’s biggest priorities is to respond to growing cyber threats from other nations. “I would say overall… nation-state actors who are seeking to put us at risk in the homeland and looking to exploit our dependencies on technology and infrastructure,” Manfra told Government Matters. “It’s very complex and challenging to deal with. The good news is we have an amazing partnership with private sector both within the U.S. and globally and with other countries, but that’s what I see as the real evolution and challenge for us going forward.