Trump administration creating federal office to help private sector prevent and respond to cyberattacks

by Anna Giaritelli
July 31, 2018

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced Tuesday the creation of a new office within the department tasked with thwarting cyberattacks from foreign adversaries on America’s critical infrastructure, including banks, energy, and other industries, a DHS official has confirmed to the Washington Examiner.

The National Risk Management Center was rolled out to chief executives from top private sector companies and several Cabinet officials, including Vice President Mike Pence, at a government summit on cybersecurity in lower Manhattan.

“This event is the first of its kind. Today we are coming together—government leaders, CEOs, academics, and cyber experts—to send a message to these online threat actors: Game over,” Nielsen said.

“This week the Department of Homeland Security is launching the National Risk Management Center — an initiative driven by industry needs and focused on fostering a cross-cutting approach to defend our nation’s critical infrastructure,” she added. “It will employ a more strategic approach to risk management borne out of the re-emergence of nation-state threats, our hyperconnected environment, and our survival need to effectively and continually collaborate with the private sector.”

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