Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute discusses the agency’s efforts in cybersecurity and proposed legislation in a new blog post.
Together with public and private sector partners, we are working to build a safe, secure cyberspace where the American way of life can thrive.
To that end, DHS’s cybersecurity mission is two-fold: first, we work with the private sector, states, and municipalities to support the cybersecurity efforts of critical infrastructure owners and operators. Second, we are responsible for securing networks for federal civilian departments and agencies – the .gov domain.
President Obama has proposed legislation that would give us the tools to execute our cybersecurity mission more effectively. This legislative proposal focuses on clarifying authorities, collaborating with the private sector, and driving measurable progress and outcomes.
The President’s proposal would establish national standards, protect federal networks, and allow DHS to provide enhanced voluntary assistance to our private sector and state, local, tribal, and territorial government partners. At the same time, it includes important safeguards to protect the privacy and civil liberties of the American public.