Stakeholder Engagement Division
The Stakeholder Engagement Division (SED) leads CISA’s national and international voluntary partnerships and engagements while serving as the agency’s hub for the shared stakeholder information that unifies CISA’s approach to whole-of-nation operational collaboration and information sharing.
Securing our nation’s cyber and physical infrastructure is a shared responsibility that puts persistent stakeholder engagement and collaboration at the heart of our mission. This is never more apparent than when we activate our trusted partner relationship network and well-established communications mechanisms to rapidly synchronize activities to respond to, recover from, and mitigate real world threats and incidents. The resulting shared situational awareness fosters the coordinated action needed to raise our nation’s security baseline.
Read CISA’s Stakeholder Engagement Strategic Plan to learn more about our commitment to collaboration, our pledge to using stakeholder feedback to shape CISA products and resources, and our focus on making it easier for stakeholders to quickly find and access the resources they need to better understand, manage, and reduce risk to critical infrastructure.
Assistant Director Alaina R. Clark leads SED.
CISA’s voluntary partnership model relies on constant feedback and collaboration with critical infrastructure partners. One mechanism to seek this input is through the various Councils, Boards and Committees that CISA manages through SED’s Council Management subdivision.
These convening mechanisms provide structure and a repeatable process for bringing our government, industry, and academic partners together to drive whole-of-nation operational collaboration.
Active collaboration positions CISA to provide advice to top U.S leadership and broadly share actionable information with the critical infrastructure community, including our international partners. The analysis, reports, guidance, training, and scenario-based drills developed with our partners help the entire community do their part to raise the security baseline of critical infrastructure’s assets, systems, and networks. Learn more about CISA’s Councils and Committees, including the Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council.
Critical infrastructure provides the services that are the backbone of our national and economic security and the health and well-being of all Americans. The Sector Management subdivision manages CISA’s relationships with the public and private owners and operators responsible for the vast array of critical infrastructure supporting our economy and communities.
Sector Management facilitates the CISA Director’s National Coordinator Role by leading the Federal Senior Leadership Council (FSLC) and performing the Sector Risk Management Agency (SRMA) function for eight of the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, including:
- Chemical Sector
- Commercial Facilities Sector
- Communications Sector
- Critical Manufacturing Sector
- Dams Sector
- Emergency Services Sector
- Information Technology Sector
- Nuclear Reactors, Materials, and Waste Sector
The analysis, reports, guidance, rulemaking, training, and scenario-based drills we develop with our sector partners help the entire community raise the security baseline of critical infrastructure’s assets, systems, and networks.
This forward-leaning collaboration combines the knowledge and insights of our sector partners with that of our agency experts to drive informed nationwide action, supported by CISA’s regional staff, who tailor national insights for use throughout our 10 regions—effectively delivering assistance when and where our stakeholders need it.
Strategic Relations manages our relationships with a diverse set of national associations, coordinates program and stakeholder group-focused engagement across state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments, small-to-medium businesses, academia, federal agencies, and non-profits while providing enterprise tools for collaboration and information-sharing, including the Homeland Security Information Network-Critical Infrastructure community of interest and the CISA Community Bulletin.
To help Americans everywhere better protect themselves online, Strategic Relations also leads collaboration-based outreach to the American public with awareness campaigns to include Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
Strategic Relations, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), works to build capacity and improve resilience for local CISA partners through targeted grant funding via the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program (SLCGP). The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act appropriated one billion dollars over four years for state, local and tribal partners who face unique challenges and a constantly changing threat landscape. As a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity grant program, the SLCGP will fund efforts to establish critical governance frameworks across states and territories to address cyber threats and vulnerabilities; identify key vulnerabilities and evaluate needed capabilities; implement measures to mitigate the threats; and develop a 21st-century cyber workforce across local communities.
In alignment with the CISA Global strategy, CISA International leads the agency’s international partnerships and engagements, which give us a better understanding of threats emanating from shared adversaries and serve as an early warning of emerging threats to the U.S. homeland.
Working directly with partners across the globe, CISA provides cybersecurity and critical infrastructure best practices, engages in information exchanges, conducts expert-to-expert workshops and exercises, issues joint products, performs joint scientific research, and more.
CISA International also offers training and expert analysis on topics such as industrial control systems (ICS), countering improvised explosive devices, and approaches to counter current and emerging threats.
If your country or international organization is interested in partnering with CISA to build global capacity and wants to learn more about the services CISA offers, please reach out to the CISA International team.