LANSING – At a Cyber Summit in NYC this past week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they are establishing a new joint center to provide a centralized home for collaborative, sector-specific and cross-sector risk management efforts to better protect critical infrastructure. The fact sheet regarding this new DHS Center can be seen here.

Here is a quick summary of key points regarding the National Risk Management Center, which will create a cross-cutting risk management approach between the private sector and government to improve the defense of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Dan Lohrmann

  • The center, housed within DHS, establishes an organizational approach to integrate risk management activities, perform joint strategic planning, and most importantly, develop collaborative solutions to reduce risk to critical infrastructure.
  • The National Risk Management Center will: identify, assess, and prioritize efforts to reduce risks to national critical functions, which enable national and economic security; collaborate on the development of risk management strategies and approaches to manage risks to national functions; and coordinate integrated cross-sector risk management activities.
  • The National Risk Management Center’s mission is to provide a simple and single point of access to the full range of government activities to mitigate a range of risks, including cybersecurity, across sectors.Just a few days later, another cybersecurity summit was held in Detroit to discuss our autonomous future and cybersecurity in connected vehicles now.

    Keynote speeches were given numerous industry leaders and government leaders. Here are four keynotes — from Sec. Michael Chertoff, GM President Dan Ammann, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters from Michigan and NHTSA’s Heidi King keynote, Is Cybersecurity Standing in the Way of Public Confidence? — who discuss cybersecurity from a risk management approach.

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