Understanding the Basics of Cybersecurity

FAQ About Understanding the Basics of Cybersecurity

What is the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)?

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a federal agency in the United States that is responsible for leading the national effort to protect and enhance the resilience of the nation's critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats.

CISA was established in 2018 under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with the mission of "defending today, securing tomorrow." The agency works with government and private sector partners to provide a range of services and resources to help organizations improve their cybersecurity posture and respond to cyber incidents.

CISA's responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing cybersecurity policies and strategies
  • Providing cyber threat intelligence and analysis
  • Conducting vulnerability assessments and risk assessments
  • Developing and providing cybersecurity training and awareness materials
  • Coordinating incident response and recovery efforts

CISA works with a wide range of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government agencies, private sector organizations, and international partners, to promote cybersecurity awareness and improve the overall security posture of the nation's critical infrastructure.