CISA's Evolving .gov Mission: Defending the United States' Federal Executive Agency Networks

This project brings together a diverse mix of public and private sector voices including lawyers, soldiers, professors, and more, united in their commitment to securing cyberspace. The focus of this project is on developing new strategies to protect the digital networks that are essential for the functioning of over 100 federal civilian executive branch (FCEB) agencies and the provision of critical public goods and services. The task force and research team conducted extensive research and interviews to understand the current state of cybersecurity services and the future threats facing federal networks. They also developed recommendations for how to better secure cyberspace and protect the American people from digital threats. 

The resulting report is a comprehensive analysis of the challenges and opportunities facing the U.S. government in securing cyberspace. It offers a roadmap for how to strengthen cybersecurity defenses, including specific recommendations for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and its evolving mission to make civilian government networks more secure. This project highlights the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors, as well as the need for continuous improvement and innovation in cybersecurity strategies. The findings and recommendations of this project will be valuable for policymakers, cybersecurity professionals, and anyone interested in the future of digital security. 

This report is made possible through the generous contributions of Gray Space Strategies.

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Benjamin Jensen
Senior Fellow, Futures Lab, International Security Program

Devi Nair

Former Associate Director and Associate Fellow, International Security Program
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Yasir Atalan
Associate Data Fellow, Futures Lab, International Security Program

Jose M. Macias

Research Associate, International Security Program