“CISA is taking a holistic approach to securing systems across sectors”


Brian Harrell was appointed by the President of the United States in December 2018 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security’s Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. He now serves as the first Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security within the newly renamed U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). He was recently recognized as Security Magazine’s “Most Influential People in Security”. Harrell is the former Managing Director of Enterprise Security at Duke Energy Corporation. He is also the former Director of the Electricity ISAC and Director of Critical Infrastructure Protection Programs at the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he was charged with helping protect North America’s electric grid from physical and cyberattacks. Brian has spent time during his career in the U.S. Marine Corps and various private-sector agencies with the goal of protecting the United States from security threats.

In an exclusive e-mail interview with Augustin Kurian of CISO MAG, Brian Harrell, Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, CISA, DHS speaks about the role of CISA and its recent accomplishments in protecting organizations across industries from cyberattacks. He also explains how the Cybersecurity and Vulnerability Identification and Notification Act enables CISA to get past the hurdle of obtaining crucial information about vulnerable systems from ISPs, for its cybersecurity investigations.

How is CISA as a federal agency addressing the fact that several types of cyberattacks can have physical consequences?

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