In this modern era, technology has a deep influence on every aspect of our lives. It has changed the way we work. Modern technology brings a number of benefits across many sectors. Industries have witnessed an increase in production and efficiencies due to significant growth in internet access and use of internet-enabled mobile devices. However, new technology also brings new cybersecurity risks and challenges. The Homeland Security Department in the United States has introduced a new strategy that aims to recognize and manage cybersecurity risks.

Cybersecurity Strategy

Cybercriminals seek to exploit cyberspace (computers, Internet, telecommunications networks, etc.) with the aim of financial gain, espionage, and political interests. Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Secretary, said that the organization had built the strategy on the concepts of reducing systemic threats and tightening defense. The Homeland Security will use this strategy to harmonize its cybersecurity planning, training, budget, and programming.

Five Pillars

The cybersecurity strategy talks about five pillars.

Pillar 1: Risk identification

Pillar 2: Vulnerability Reduction

Pillar 3: Threat Reduction

Pillar 4: Consequence Mitigation

Pillar 5: Enable Cybersecurity Outcomes

The department will analyze growing cybersecurity threats and work towards reducing vulnerabilities.

It will make sure federal agencies use cybersecurity solutions that are effective and fast. DHS will prepare itself to counter cyber criminals and criminal enterprises to lessen cyber threats.

The Homeland Security Department will work to make the cyber community more secure and reliable. It will create policies that will help in improving cyber risk management as well as handling cyber incidents effectively.

The cybersecurity strategy, according to Nielsen, will keep the country ahead of criminal organizations and malicious actors. DHS has adopted a more comprehensive strategy and is working to tackle systemic threats that affect every individual.

The organization will use its capabilities to the maximum to get ahead of growing cyber threats and protect US networks.

US cybersecurity goals can be fulfilled through international collaboration and engagement.

Therefore, the organization will engage worldwide to manage global cyber risks, respond to incidents that occur worldwide and stop emerging cyber threats. Other countries should also embrace policies that are essential to creating reliable and safe cyberspace.