The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) leads the national effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure. We connect our stakeholders in industry and government to each other and to resources, analyses, and tools to help them build their own cyber, communications, and physical security and resilience, in turn helping to ensure a secure and resilient infrastructure for the American people. Our 2021 Year in Review displays key examples of CISA’s work to carry out its mission in 2021, including milestones and accomplishments as the Agency advanced strategic priorities to maintain a secure and resilient infrastructure for the nation.
In Early September, CISA released the 2023–2025 CISA Strategic Plan, our first comprehensive strategy since the agency was established in 2018. The Strategic Plan is set against a risk landscape that encompasses an increasingly interconnected, global cyberspace in which the nation faces 24/7/365 asymmetric cyber threats with largescale, real-world impacts.
We lead the National effort to understand, manage, and reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure.
A secure and resilient critical infrastructure for the American people.
CISA Plays Two Key Roles
We Are the Operational Lead for Federal Cybersecurity, or the Federal "dot gov"
CISA acts as the quarterback for the federal cybersecurity team, protecting and defending the home front—our federal civilian government networks—in close partnership with the Office of Management and Budget, which is responsible federal cyber security overall. CISA also coordinates the execution of our national cyber defense, leading asset response for significant cyber incidents and ensures that timely and actionable information is shared across federal and non-federal and private sector partners.
We Are the National Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience
We look at the entire threat picture and work with partners across government and industry to defend against today’s threats while securing the nation’s critical infrastructure against threats that are just over the horizon.
Designed for Collaboration and Partnership
Established in 2018, CISA was created to work across public and private sectors, challenging traditional ways of doing business by engaging with government, industry, academic, and international partners. As threats continue to evolve, we know that no single organization or entity has all the answers for how to address cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure. By bringing together our insight and capabilities, we can build a collective defense against the threats we face.
Jen Easterly is the Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Ms. Easterly was nominated by President Biden in April 2021 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on July 12, 2021. As Director, Ms. Easterly leads CISA’s efforts to understand, manage, and reduce risk to the cyber and physical infrastructure Americans rely on every day.
Brandon Wales is the first Executive Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), serving as the senior career executive overseeing execution of the Director and Deputy Director’s vision for CISA operations and mission support. He is responsible for leading long-term strategy development, managing CISA-wide policy initiatives and ensuring effective operational collaboration across the Agency.
Kiersten E. Todt is the Chief of Staff at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As the Chief of Staff, she is responsible for the planning, allocation of resources, and development of long-range objectives in support of the department's goals and milestones; she provides strategic vision, guidance, and direction to ensure CISA's Director is prepared to interdict or respond to threats to the homeland.
Eric Goldstein serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 19, 2021. In this role, Goldstein leads CISA’s mission of protecting and strengthening the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats.
Dr. David Mussington serves as the Executive Assistant Director (EAD) for Infrastructure Security at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 19, 2021. In this role, Mussington leads CISA’s efforts to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure in coordination with government and the private sector. Key areas of focus include vulnerability and risk assessments; securing soft targets and crowded places; training and exercises; and securing high-risk chemical facilities.
Billy Bob Brown Jr., serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Emergency Communications within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) since Oct 12, 2020. In this capacity, AD Brown is one of three CISA designated Executive Sponsors, as identified in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Act of 2018.
Mona Harrington serves as the Acting Assistant Director of CISA’s National Risk Management Center. As Acting Assistant Director, she oversees the Center’s efforts to facilitate a strategic, cross-sector, risk management approach to cyber and physical threats to critical infrastructure.
Bridget Beans leads the Integrated Operations Division (IOD) for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). IOD focuses integrated operations across the Agency extending to Regional CISA elements, intelligence, operational planning and mission execution with focus on risk mitigation and response efforts.
Alaina R. Clark is the Assistant Director for Stakeholder Engagement at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As Assistant Director, she leads CISA’s efforts to promote and deliver strategically aligned stakeholder engagements, helping achieve a secure and resilient infrastructure for the American people.
Join Our Team
Every day, the men and women of CISA work with our partners across the country, to strengthen the backbone of our national and economic security. Often, we’re behind the scenes making sure that the systems and networks Americans rely on are there when they need them. We work collaboratively with state and local government, private industry, law enforcement, and top-tier researchers. Join the team that is proud to protect!
CISA recognizes the value of its workforce and offers a variety of benefits:
- Flexible work schedules, telework, and both casual and professional work environments
- Annual leave, sick leave, and paid Federal holidays
- Comprehensive benefit options, including medical, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and thrift savings plans
- Access to Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- SmartBenefits®—a transit benefits subsidy
- Education and development opportunities such as mentoring programs, leadership programs, and sponsored graduate degree programs