White House declares November 2023 Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month

In a recent White House proclamation, November has been designated as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month. This annual observance is aimed at raising awareness and engaging all levels of government, infrastructure owners/operators, and the American public in understanding the crucial role played by critical infrastructure in the nation’s health and well-being. It emphasizes the importance of bolstering security and resilience in critical infrastructure.

CISA underlined the significance of the initiative, emphasizing the need for organizations to protect their systems and networks. Dr. David Mussington, CISA’s Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, offered valuable advice, which includes:

  • Assess Your Risk. Organizations should identify their most critical functions and assets, define dependencies that enable the continuity of these functions, and consider the full range of threats that could undermine functional continuity.
  • Make a Plan and Exercise It. Organizations should perform dedicated resilience planning, determine the maximum downtime acceptable for customers, develop recovery plans to regain functional capabilities within the maximum downtime, and test those plans under real-life conditions to ensure the ability to operate through disruption.
  • Continuously Improve and Adapt. Organizations should be prepared to regularly adapt to changing conditions and threats. This starts with fostering a culture of continuous improvement, based on lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents, and evolving cross-sector risks.

CISA provides a “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Toolkit” that offers a broad range of resources.

Dave Ratner, CEO, HYAS has this comment:

   “I applaud the White House for realizing how important the topic of resilience is for critical infrastructure across government and private enterprise. Gone are the days where we could reliably and confidently say that we can keep all criminals and bad actors out of the network. The reality of today is that organizations must be resilient against the onslaught of constant intrusions, and there is nothing more important for the health, well-being, and safety of people than the various critical infrastructure industries.”

Emily Phelps, Director, Cyware adds this comment:

   “The White House’s designation of November 2023 as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month is a great initiative for national security. This dedication to raising awareness about the criticality of infrastructure resilience underscores the reality that the robustness of these systems is integral to our society. Moving to a proactive stance when implementing and adapting cybersecurity strategies is crucial to outpacing an ever-evolving adversary. CISA’s call for a culture of continuous improvement to anticipate and counteract evolving cyber threats is a great step to educate and build momentum around modernized cybersecurity strategies.”

Mike Barker, CCO, HYAS follows with this comment:

   “The designation of November as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month marks a pivotal step in recognizing the fundamental role critical infrastructure plays in our nation’s stability.  It’s crucial that we take advantage of this designation and elevate awareness and participation across all sectors to fortify the resilience of these systems.  Assessing risks, meticulous planning, and regular adaptation are key in ensuring preparedness against evolving threats.”

Anything that brings light to the fact everyone needs to build resiliency into everything possible is a good thing. Which is why I applaud The White House for doing this. Hopefully everyone is paying attention.

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