Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers today traveled to New York City to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) work with private sector partners to increase cybersecurity, protect critical infrastructure and make the public less vulnerable to cyber crimes. Acting Secretary Beers began his day with a visit to the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square where he rang the Opening Bell alongside private sector partners. Acting Secretary Beers and National Protection and Programs Directorate Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity Phyllis Schneck also delivered remarks and participated in a discussion with business leaders on cybersecurity, as part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. National Cyber Security Awareness Month engages public and private sector stakeholders -- especially the public -- to create a safe, secure, and resilient cyber environment.
"As we commemorate the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, it is important not only to reflect on how far we have come technologically, but also to remember there is still much more work to be done to protect cyberspace and increase cybersecurity awareness," said Acting Secretary Beers. "Our partnership with the private sector is essential to this effort, as we work together to ensure a safe, secure, resilient cyberspace that protects our nation's critical infrastructure that Americans rely on every day."
Acting Secretary Beers highlighted the Department's efforts to create a safe, secure and resilient cyber environment that protects critical infrastructure and fosters national economic prosperity. To combat cyber crime, DHS investigates and prosecutes cyber criminals through the skills and resources of the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in close cooperation with the Department of Justice.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month sponsored by DHS in cooperation with the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center. Throughout October, DHS and our partners are participating in events across the country to highlight different elements of cybersecurity, including mobile security, cyber workforce and education, cyber crime, and critical infrastructure security.