Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at the ASIS International 58th Annual Seminar

Press Release

By:  Janet Napolitano
Date: Sept. 10, 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today traveled to Philadelphia to deliver remarks at the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) International 58th Annual Seminar highlighting the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) collaboration with the private sector on cybersecurity and protecting our nation's critical cyber infrastructure.

"Protecting critical infrastructure and cyberspace -- including the systems and networks that support the financial services, energy and defense industries -- requires all of us working together," said Secretary Napolitano. "From government and law enforcement to the private sector and members of the public, everyone has a role to play in protecting against cyber threats."

During her remarks, Secretary Napolitano underscored the Department's commitment to create a safe and resilient cyber environment. In addition to protecting civilian government networks, DHS also works with owners and operators of critical infrastructure to help them secure their networks by conducting risk assessments and developing plans to mitigate risks. Last year, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of DHS' 24-hour watch and warning center, responded to more than 106,000 incident reports, and released more than 5,000 actionable cybersecurity alerts and information products to public and private sector partners.

Secretary Napolitano also discussed the importance of public-private partnerships to develop a world-class cybersecurity team. To that end, DHS has increased the National Cyber Security Division's workforce by more than 600 percent since the Department's creation.

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