Senate names former NSA official as head of US cybersecurity agency
A former NSA and White House official has been appointed to head the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) at a time when ransomware and other types of cyber attacks are on the rise. The Senate has named Jen Easterly as the second person to head the DHS agency, according to Politico. CISA provides cyber security tools and incident response services on government networks, and also provides security advice to infrastructure operators and businesses.
Politico before reported that CISA has been struggling to tackle one cyber crisis after another and that the agency is understaffed and overworked. She had to face multiple interventions amid the pandemic as bad actors attacked the healthcare industry with her Virus, forcing them to pay to prevent delays that could cost lives. CISA also had to respond to the masses SolarWinds Hacking that the government is blaming Russia, as well as ransomware attacks Colonial Pipeline, the software giant Kaseya and meat supplier JBS.
Easter does not only have to direct efforts to respond to ongoing cyber attacks, it now falls on its shoulders to make sure CISA gains the ability to counter new threats as they emerge. Prior to his appointment as the new head of CISA, Easterly spent years as the No. 2 officer in the NSA counterterrorism division and was also the senior director of the National Security Council on counterterrorism under former President Barack Obama.
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