What is the CISA? – US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Duties and Law – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act of 2018 (H.R.3359)
115th Congress (2017-2018)
The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is a governmental agency established by President Trump in 2018. The Agency was established by law under HR 3359 – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency Act, commonly known as the CISA Act. HR 3359 amended the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish CISA as a subsidiary of DHS, the same as FEMA..
The CISA Act re-designated the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) former National Protection and Programs Directorate as a stand-alone Federal agency called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. However, CISA remains a subsidiary agency under DHS.
Other Entities Within CISA
What is the US Department of Homeland Security?
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a cabinet department responsible for public security. DHS was established under the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
DHS has over 240,000 employees. Subsidiary organizations include the US Customs and Border Protection CBP, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the US Coast Guard, the US Secret Service, CISA, as well as others. The US Transportation Security Administration and its TSA airport screener agents are all employees of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Homeland Security, CISA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations all work to keep citizens safe from hackers, spammers, malware, ransomware, and other cyber security threats. The DHS website educates citizens about WiFi safety, app security, two-factor authentication, and safeguarding login credentials.
Citizens can subscribe to CISA alerts using an RSS reader or visit the CISA website.