CISA charts forward: A 3-year plan to reinvent cybersecurity in the US


The US CISA has pulled the curtains off its Cybersecurity Strategic Plan for the financial years spanning 2024 to 2026.

The thrust of this ambitious plan is centred on achieving a landscape where grave cyberattacks become rare incidents, while organisations bolster their resilience, and technology inherently embodies security.

Among CISA’s top three aims, a standout is their dedication to ‘counteracting pressing cyber threats’. This means intensifying the challenge for potential cyber adversaries when targeting the digital frameworks of the US and its supportive allies. The plan’s objectives elucidate their approach: from enhancing the insight into potential threats and campaigns, and subsequently beefing up mitigation capabilities, to identifying and rectifying critical system vulnerabilities, and holding joint defense operations and exercises to guarantee effective responses to imminent threats.

Furthermore, CISA is resolved to ‘fortify the cybersecurity landscape’. This would involve the adoption of robust security measures and resilience-building practices to significantly cut down the odds of devastating cyber onslaughts. The plan underscores the need to understand the dynamics of cyberattacks, accelerate the execution of effective protective investments, and usher in contemporary cybersecurity solutions while monitoring their efficacy.

The agency’s last pillar of intent is ‘promoting security on a grand scale’, which aims to make security an elemental safety prerogative. It expects technology producers to integrate security into their innovations and roll them out with built-in safe defaults. Among other objectives, they are keen on trimming down the cyber risks brought forth by emerging tech innovations and playing a pivotal role in establishing a robust national cybersecurity workforce.

CISA said, “Cybersecurity is a shared journey and a shared challenge that the entire nation must address together. As America’s Cyber Defense Agency, CISA serves a foundational role in the global cybersecurity community, but true and lasting security in cyberspace can only be achieved collaboratively. Government at all levels, industry, technology providers, the global community of cyber defenders, individual citizens, and others must all work together to achieve a secure cyber future.”

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