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Joint Statement by Secretaries Mayorkas and Raimondo on President Biden’s National Security Memorandum​ to​ Strengthen​ Nation’s Cybersecurity​ Infrastructure

Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas​ and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo​ released a​ joint​ statement on​ the​ issuance of​ preliminary​ cybersecurity performance goals​ as directed by​ President Biden’s National Security Memorandum, “Improving Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Control Systems.”​

“Today, we are delivering on the first step of the President’s National Security Memorandum (NSM) objectives to strengthen the cybersecurity of our Nation’s critical infrastructure​ control​ systems.​ ​ DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), in coordination with​ the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST),​ developed preliminary cybersecurity performance goals based on nine categories of best practices.​ ​ These goals are part of a long overdue, whole-of-government​ effort to meet the scale and severity of the cybersecurity threats facing our country.​ It is vital that critical infrastructure owners and operators immediately take steps to strengthen their cybersecurity posture toward these high-level goals.​ ​ The safety and security of the American people relies on the resilience of the companies that provide essential services such as power, water, and transportation.​ ​ We look forward to further engaging with key industry stakeholders to promote these efforts to protect our national and economic security.”​

Read the preliminary performance goals and objectives​ on CISA.gov.​

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U.S. Department of Homeland Security · www.dhs.gov · 202-282-8000

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