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Chairman Green Meets with CISA Director Jen Easterly

February 2, 2023

Chairman Green Meets with CISA Director Jen Easterly

WASHINGTON, DC— Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN) issued the following statement after his meeting with the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Jen Easterly.

“Director Easterly and I had a constructive conversation on how we will continue the Homeland Security Committee’s momentum in protecting our nation’s cyber assets against current and future threats. While the intelligence community has made clear that malicious foreign adversaries will continue to pose significant cyber threats to our critical infrastructure, we aim to approach cyber resilience from a proactive posture.

“The Committee has a clear charge on cybersecurity oversight efforts this Congress and it will be critical we work hand in glove with CISA and industry to meet those objectives. As I discussed with Director Easterly, our goal will be to best position CISA to execute its preexisting authorities and requirements to strengthen the cybersecurity of Federal Civilian Executive Branch (FCEB) and private sector networks while being responsible stewards of American taxpayer dollars.

“Furthermore, the federal government has enough regulators and I remain concerned over the Biden administration’s aggressive regulatory approach. My mission will be to strengthen CISA as an information enabler rather than as a regulatory agency. We are not here to overly burden industry, but we are here to ensure companies are doing their part to secure their systems and protect against the cascading and devastating impact one vulnerability can have on an entire network.

“As a fellow West Point graduate, we share a profound commitment to defending our homeland against adversaries seeking to do us harm, and to keeping Americans and their information secure. I am looking forward to a very productive partnership with Director Easterly as we work to identify and patch the gaps in our nation’s cyber infrastructure.”