Region 3


Region 3

Across the nation, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) offers a range of cyber and physical service services to support the security and resilience of critical infrastructure owners and operators and state, local, tribal, and territorial partners. Our experts collaborate with critical infrastructure partners and communities at the regional, state, county, tribal, and local levels to:

  • Support preparation, response, and recovery efforts for hazards impacting critical infrastructure
  • Conduct and integrate infrastructure assessments and analysis, including dependencies and cascading effects, on critical infrastructure to influence decision-making at all phases of emergency management
  • Facilitate information sharing between public and private sector critical infrastructure partners
  • Improve situational awareness of cybersecurity risks and incidents

A Regional Director leads a cadre of security professionals located throughout the region. Through regional offices strategically located in the ten CISA regions, regional personnel manage mission execution through steady state and incident operations, critical infrastructure analysis, and strategic outreach to critical infrastructure partners. Protective Security Advisors (PSAs), Chemical Security Inspectors (CSIs), Cyber Security Advisors (CSAs), Emergency Communications Coordinators, and visiting CISA HQ staff all coordinate their critical infrastructure protection missions through the regional offices, and collaborate on regional critical infrastructure efforts, as needed.

Services

Within each CISA Region are your local and regional Protective Security Advisors (PSAs), Cybersecurity Advisors (CSAs), Emergency Communications Division Coordinators, and other CISA personnel. These field personnel advise and assist in training and exercising some of the best practices to supporting our partners in achieving more robust resilience.

Cybersecurity

Cyber Security Advisors (CSAs)

CSAs offer cybersecurity assistance to critical infrastructure owners and operators and SLTT governments. CSAs introduce organizations to various CISA cybersecurity products and services, along with other public and private resources, and act as liaisons to CISA cyber programs. CSAs can provide cyber preparedness, assessments and protective resources, strategic messaging, working group support and leadership, partnership in public-private development, and incident coordination and support in times of cyber threat, disruption, and attack.

Critical Infrastructure Security

Protective Security Advisors (PSAs)

PSAs are trained subject matter experts in critical infrastructure protection and vulnerability mitigation. They facilitate local field activities in coordination with other Department of Homeland Security offices. They also advise and assist state, local, and private sector officials and critical infrastructure facility owners and operators.

Chemical Security Inspectors (CSIs)

Chemical Security Inspectors (CSIs) advise and assist facilities with hazardous chemicals on security measures to reduce the risk of those chemicals being weaponized. For facilities covered under the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program, this includes working with the highest-risk chemical facilities to develop security plans and inspecting to ensure that security is in place. For facilities that do not fall under the CFATS program, CSIs facilitate and provide voluntary security resources, including guidance, best practices, and training.

CSIs and other regional chemical security personnel participate in conferences, meetings, and events throughout the nation to establish strong relationships with industry, government officials, first responders, law enforcement, and local community members. For more information, please email CFATS@hq.dhs.gov.

Emergency Communications

Emergency Communication Coordinators

Emergency Communications Coordinators support emergency communications interoperability by offering training, tools, workshops, and regional support. These services assist CISA stakeholders in ensuring they have communications during steady and emergency operations. Through these programs, CISA helps ensure public safety and national security and emergency preparedness communities can seamlessly and securely communicate.

CISA Services Catalog

The CISA Services Catalog is an all of CISA, all in one place – a single resource that provides users with access to information on services across all of CISA’s mission areas that are available to Federal Government; State, Local, Tribal and Territorial Government; Private Industry; Academia; NGO and Non-Profit; and General Public stakeholders.

Resources

COVID-19

  • Risk Management for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) provides executives a tool to help them think through physical, supply chain, and cybersecurity issues that may arise from the spread of Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19.
  • CISA Support to The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout- CISA is working with the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and other government partners to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the U.S., including support to the Federal COVID-19 Response. As part of the unified federal effort, CISA brings expertise in risk analysis and mitigation approaches, cyber and physical security, supply chain security, and critical infrastructure partnerships.
  • Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce - The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers Guidance Version 4.0 provides guidance on how jurisdictions and critical infrastructure owners can use the list to assist in prioritizing the ability of essential workers to work safely while supporting ongoing infrastructure operations across the nation.   

Telework

As the nation’s risk advisor, CISA brings our partners in industry and the federal government together to improve American cyber and infrastructure security. Click on the links below to find resources designed to help organizations and teleworkers remain secure while working remotely.

Ransomware

  • Ransomware Guide - A joint product from CISA and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC), which is a customer centered, one-stop resource with best practices and ways to prevent, protect and/or respond to a ransomware attack. The guide, published in September 2020, aims to inform and enhance network defense and reduce exposure to a ransomware attack, and it includes two resources: 1) Ransomware Prevention Best Practices; and 2) a Ransomware Response Checklist.

Victims of ransomware, phishing, malware, or vulnerabilities should report it immediately to CISA at www.us-cert.gov/report, a local FBI Field Office, or Secret Service Field Office.

Hometown Security

CISA’s Hometown Security program provides access to tools and resources to support community security and resilience; DHS recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure. For more resources to help be prepared, visit the products below.

  • Homeland Threat Assessment evaluates the strategic threat environment and anticipates future or emerging threats. This document helps inform interagency policymaking, agency prioritization, resource allocation, and inter-governmental partnerships
  • Active Shooter Preparedness - Active shooter incidents are often unpredictable and evolve quickly. In the midst of the chaos, anyone can play an integral role in mitigating the impacts of an active shooter incident. DHS aims to enhance preparedness through a "whole community" approach by providing  products, tools, and resources to help you prepare for and respond to an active shooter incident. 
  • School Safety and Security - The Department of Homeland Security along with many others from across government, law enforcement and communities nationwide has redoubled its efforts and is poised to continue enhancing school safety and security. This page offers a starting place for DHS documents, resources and tools related to school safety and security.

Faith-Based Community Resources

CISA aims to provide a first stop for guidance and resources that will inform FOB-HOW security-based decisions. Included below are numerous resources, including a Guide and Self-Assessment Tool, which provide building blocks for effective safety and security programs. The resources include assessment, training, planning, exercises, and other materials focused on a wide range of man-made threats (e.g., bombing, active shooter, vehicle ramming, etc.) that could be used against the FBO-HOW community. To learn more, visit cisa.gov/faith-based-organizations-houses-worship

  • Houses of Worship Security Guide- In this security guide, CISA analyzed ten years of targeted attacks on houses of worship to provide context to the enterprise-wide security recommendations. The case studies reviewed are examples of the breadth of threats a house of worship faces daily.

  • Houses of Worship Assessment - This tool is designed to guide personnel at houses of worship through a security-focused self-assessment to understand potential vulnerabilities and identify options for consideration in mitigating those vulnerabilities. This self-assessment is a first step in building an effective security program; it is not intended to be an in-depth security assessment. After completing this process and addressing preliminary findings, houses of worship personnel may consider pursuing more detailed security assessments to explore specific issues in greater detail.

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