Enhancing Safety in the Connected World — A National Framework for Action


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Cybersecurity has traditionally been viewed as a technology issue, often siloed from the work of law enforcement and national security officials. However, there is a growing recognition that cybersecurity and cyber safety which include a broader range of illicit or malicious activity amplified by through social media and other internet-based tools, go hand-in-hand.

As threat actors relentlessly take advantage of the interconnected world, it is vital that security professionals, governments, and communities adapt to these interconnected environments and multidimensional forms of attack and malign influence.

The Center for Internet Security® (CIS®) identified four pillars to provide a framework for law enforcement, government, and nongovernmental organizations to address the evolving threat and respond to the combined use of cyber attacks, information operations, and physical, real-world operations.

  • Pillar 1: Establish a national, non-government, analytic clearinghouse infrastructure that serves as a repository for multi-source information and issues watches, warnings, forecasts, and analyzes of hazardous cyber and online activity to prevent or mitigate the effects of malicious behavior by multidimensional threat actors.
  • Pillar 2: Enhance the United States' information-sharing capabilities to rapidly detect and respond to emerging threats.
  • Pillar 3: Build public-private partnerships to expand awareness of the new threat landscape and develop and implement initiatives that build communities’ resilience against contemporary threats.
  • Pillar 4: Support efforts by local communities to prevent acts of violence and other criminal activity inspired, facilitated, and informed by online activity.

Download our white paper to learn how these four pillars bolster the United States' ability to respond to the changing threat environment, mitigate the impact of threat actor behavior, and build resilience among the nation's communities.