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A Call to Action from CISA’s Jen Easterly and Def Con’s Jeff Moss at Inaugural CISA Advisory Committee Mtg.

In the first meeting of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) new Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, CISA Director Jen Easterly made clear to the committee members their working model would be action-based, not the usual passive mode assumed by an advisory body.  As government IT website MeriTalk first reported, Easterly was leaning on the new advisory committee for actionable recommendations, telling the group:  “I welcome this group creating action. This is really just not about being a talking club. This is about leveraging your expertise, your perspective, to make the nation safer. At the end of the day, this is really about implementing those things that will help CISA truly be the nation’s cyber defense agency. That is what the American people need. And that is what the American people deserve.”

John Tien, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security, in his keynote speech at the meeting, echoed Easterly’s sentiment:  “Your voices, your thoughts, your brainpower are going to have to help us identify the gaps, the vulnerabilities, and also provide us with some thoughts on solutions,” Tien told the committee members. “Those are voices, those are ideas, those are thoughts, but then it’s going to have to step into action… we need to act.  “And so I am not looking for a 20-page white paper, I am looking for short info papers from each of the subcommittees that gives a series of recommendations that we can go ahead and implement,”

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