DHS secretary warns of 'turning point' in cyberthreats

During a hearing on Capitol Hill today, Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said cybersecurity is "a matter of preserving our lives, our livelihoods and our American way of life."
1:30 | 05/15/18

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Transcript for DHS secretary warns of 'turning point' in cyberthreats
Turning to the cyber domain I want to make clear today that we've reached a turning point in cyber threat evolution. Or digital security is converging with personal and physical security. Sever security can no longer be relegated to IT department and thought of as a nuisance. Now it's a matter of preserving our lives our livelihoods. And our American way of life. One of the most critical parts of the DHS authorization bill is its revelation of our cyber security and infrastructure security resilience mission. Transforming the national protection programs division and keep EB into a new operational component the cyber security and infrastructure security agency. Is imperative to our success on the front lines of the digital battle fields. It will be a clear focal point for our inner agency industry and international partners. It will help DHS recruit and retain employees at critical skill sets. And it will clarify a DHS's role as national risk manager for cyber security and critical infrastructure security. I ask and think for the committee's continued support in the transformation of this component. I also want to take this opportunity dimension in the department's cyber security strategy which is being rolled out today. The strategy is built on the concepts as mitigating systemic risk and strengthening collective defense. Both long former approach to defending US networks and supporting governments at all levels in the private sector. In increasing the security in resilience of critical infrastructure. I do look forward to discussing that with you for their today.

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