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Katko Unveils CISA 2025 Initiative to Outline the Agency’s Path Forward

October 18, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC – As the nation’s risk advisor, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to protect U.S. critical infrastructure from cyber and physical threats. CISA has been granted several new authorities and increased funding levels since its inception in 2018. Today, Rep. John Katko (R-NY), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, released the CISA 2025 fact sheet, outlining the oversight, engagement, and legislative roadmap for Homeland Republicans to ensure CISA matures into a more effective operational agency by 2025.

Download the CISA 2025 fact sheet here.

The United States faces cyber threats from criminal actors and nation-state adversaries targeting government and private entities alike – including our hospitals, schools, and financial systems. Earlier this year, pro-Russian threat actors carried out destructive malware attacks against Ukrainian organizations and key communications infrastructureCISA, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation continue to assess China state-sponsored activities as being one of the largest and most dynamic threats to U.S. government and civilian networks. Last year alone, known ransomware attacks hit 649 U.S. critical infrastructure entities with almost 90% of all U.S. critical infrastructure sectors falling victim. Globally, cybersecurity will cost $170 billion dollars in 2022, with nearly $20 billion of that spent by the U.S. Government. CISA’s role in mitigating risk and enabling the cybersecurity of our nation’s most critical infrastructure is vital to securing our national security, economy, and way of life.

Under the leadership of Ranking Member Katko, Congress has rapidly elevated CISA’s responsibilities through robust funding and authorities, like the Cyber Incident Reporting for Critical Infrastructure Act (CIRCIA). Now, Congress must evaluate successes and challenge areas within CISA’s funding streams and authorities. It is time for CISA to quantitatively prove its value-add to the American taxpayer.

“As we commemorate Cybersecurity Awareness Month this October, I am proud to announce the CISA 2025 initiative which will be crucial to ensuring CISA succeeds as the nation’s lead cyber agency,” said Ranking Member Katko. “We must work now to transform the United States into the most cybersecure nation in the world—CISA 2025 is the path forward to achieve that.”

Key Tenets of CISA 2025: 

  1. Optimize the Organization—Achieve a unified, efficient, and mission-focused Agency.
  2. Grow an Expert Cyber Workforce—Mature public sector cybersecurity education, training, and career pathways through innovative approaches.
  3. Enhance Operational Visibility—Centralize Federal Civilian Network Security and enhance coordination across critical infrastructure sectors.
  4. Advance Capabilities—Aggressively grow cybersecurity capabilities to ensure resilience of the technology that underpins U.S. critical infrastructure.
  5. Harness Partnerships—Cement CISA’s role as a stakeholder centric organization and build strong relationships across the government, private industry, and other key cyber organizations.
  6. Measure Outcomes—Identify performance objectives, outcomes, and metrics to determine progress and identify areas for improvement in national cybersecurity.

“Cybersecurity is the pre-eminent national security threat of our time,” continued Katko. “Securing our nation’s critical infrastructure and cyberspace is one of the most important endeavors the 118th Congress will need to tackle. I am confident that the next generation of Republican cyber leaders will continue an aggressive cyber agenda and strive for a productive, bi-partisan partnership to do so.”

Read the exclusive on CISA 2025 in Axios here.