Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Governance & Risk Management

New Agency's Role in Protecting Critical Infrastructure

Brian Harrell of CISA Addresses the Need for Collaboration
Brian Harrell, assistant director for infrastructure security, U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

With new threats targeting the nation's critical infrastructure, partnerships among government and private-sector security professionals are more critical than ever, says Brian Harrell of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

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The agency is a new division within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that was established at the end of 2018. It's mission is to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure from physical as well as cyber threats.

In a video interview at Information Security Media Group's recent Cybersecurity Summit in New York, Harrell discusses:

  • How the U.S. government is partnering with private industry to protect critical infrastructure;
  • The emerging threats that are targeting critical infrastructure;
  • How the newly formed CISA is preparing to address growing cyberattack challenges.

Harrell was appointed in December 2018 to serve as the Department of Homeland Security's assistant secretary for infrastructure protection. He now serves as the assistant director for infrastructure security within the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

About the Author

Scott Ferguson

Scott Ferguson

Managing Editor, GovInfoSecurity, ISMG

Ferguson is the managing editor for the media website at Information Security Media Group. He's been covering the IT industry for more than 13 years. Before joining ISMG, Ferguson was editor-in-chief at eWEEK and director of audience development for InformationWeek. He's also written and edited for Light Reading, Security Now, Enterprise Cloud News, TU-Automotive, Dice Insights and

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