Honoring our Unsung Heroes – Celebrating Public Service Recognition Week


By Deputy Director Nitin Natarajan

Each May, we reflect on the invaluable contributions and sacrifices of public servants who positively impact our communities and the nation.  We take this time to honor those who serve in federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government positions and recognize their hard work, innovation, and unwavering dedication to serving our communities every single day. They are the backbone of our government and play a vital role in keeping the services and security we enjoy without a second thought. Public service is not just a 9-to-5 job – it is a calling to serve the American people.

The Beating Heart of Public Service

I’m honored to have the opportunity to work alongside so many dedicated public servants focused on the protection our nation’s critical infrastructure. Every day, I witness so many unsung heroes who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make a difference in building strong and resilient communities. These public servants dedicate their efforts to solving complex problems, navigating challenges, and contributing their many talents in making CISA of one the best organizations to work in.  I am continually inspired by their selflessness and excellence. 

Our Mission

We play a critical role in safeguarding our nation’s critical infrastructure from cyber threats and ensuring resilience in face of constantly evolving challenges. Our mission is to defend against cyber and physical threats to our infrastructure, promote security and resilience, and empower stakeholders to make informed risk management decisions.

I’m proud of the work that CISA does every day and I feel it’s a privilege to collaborate and learn from dedicated professionals who are deeply committed to advancing our mission and protecting our national security.

Why Public Service Matters?

Public Service is not about individual interests – it is about contributing to a mission that is greater than oneself. Here are a few reasons why working at CISA matters:

  1. Protecting our Nation: We play a critical role in defending our nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats that could have far-reaching consequences.
  2. Building Resilience: We help our communities in strengthening their resilience and preparedness to mitigate risks and respond effectively to emergencies and crises. 
  3. Promoting Partnerships: CISA works with stakeholders, government agencies, and the private sector to share critical information, provide resources, and training.

One of the most fulfilling aspects of working at CISA is that we contribute directly to the safety and security of our nation.  Whether it is providing cyber advisories or sharing best practices with our stakeholders, everything we do is a step towards strengthening our nation’s resilience.

Why we need you?

The need for well-trained professionals to address cybersecurity and infrastructure security for both private industry and the government is higher than ever before. We are always searching for diverse, innovative, inquisitive, and highly motivated individuals who will work toward solving the nation’s toughest cybersecurity and infrastructure security challenges.  We want people who can challenge each other's assumptions, question the status quo, and bring new perspectives to the discussion.

With more than 50 career fields at CISA, there are many opportunities for those seeking a new career in public service. Whether this is your first job or your last, there’s a role here at CISA for you. We are passionate about our mission of Defending Today, Securing Tomorrow. The work is challenging, fulfilling, and meaningful, and it offers a chance to contribute to something larger than yourself. If you are considering a career in public service or want to discover more ways to serve, check out our CISA Career page at Careers at CISA | CISA.

I’m incredibly grateful for the countless contributions of our public servants. Your hard work and sacrifice do not go unnoticed.  Together, let us celebrate their commitment and dedication to making our world safer and a more resilient place to live in.