Business Continuity Management / Disaster Recovery , Critical Infrastructure Security , Cybercrime

The Critical Role of Private-Public Cyber Collaboration

Kiersten Todt, CISA Chief of Staff, on Industry Engagement, Workforce Development
Kiersten Todt, chief of staff, CISA

One of the most important recent developments by CISA has been the creation of the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative, or JCDC, which is focused on operational private-public collaboration, says Kiersten Todt, CISA chief of staff.

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To see the JCDC "in real life be effective in industry-government work in what happened with Logj4 Shell and then with the Russian invasion of Ukraine … made a difference." The real-time collaboration has enabled the sharing of important cyber intelligence by the government with industry, and for the industry in turn to share its insights, as well, she says.

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group at RSA Conference 2022, Todt also discusses:

  • Other important cyber engagement efforts between the government and industry;
  • Efforts to attract a more diverse cyber workforce;
  • The career journey that led to her current role at CISA.

Todt is the chief of staff at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security. She is responsible for the planning, allocation of resources and development of long-range objectives in support of the department's goals and milestones, and she provides strategic vision, guidance and direction to ensure CISA's director is prepared to interdict or respond to threats to the homeland. Prior to her role at CISA, Todt served as the managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute, a nonprofit initiative.

About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, Productions, ISMG

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.

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