U.S. government agency formed to focus on cyber and infrastructure security

In case you missed it (we kinda did), in November 2018 the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was created.

According to its website, the legislation signed into law by President Trump “elevates the mission of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate.” It also transfers the Office of Biometrics Identity Management to DHS’ Management Directorate.

This agency leads the national effort to defend critical infrastructure against today’s threats while working with partners to secure against tomorrow’s evolving threats.

The agency has three divisions:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Infrastructure Security
  • Emergency Communications

Before this agency was created, in November 2018, the president proclaimed November to be National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month.

Ironically, due to the federal government shutdown, at the time of writing this story, the website was not being “actively managed” due to the lapse in federal funding. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Cybersecurity of dams and hydropower facilities is an ongoing concern. In July 2018, the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of the Interior completed its work evaluating the Bureau of Reclamation’s operational and technical practices for protecting hydropower dams categorized as critical infrastructure from emerging cyber threats.

The upcoming DistribuTECH conference and exhibition features content on this subject. A co-located event called Best Practices in Utility Cybersecurity is being presented by Protect Our Power and covers “all things cybersecurity from the experts leading the charge.” Click here to learn more or to register.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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