Christopher Krebs: CISA’s Return to Full Operational Capacity Could Take Weeks

Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said it could take weeks for the agency to become fully operational again, FCW reported Friday. Krebs noted the newly created DHS agency’s initial contingency plan can only aid operations for one to two weeks amid the shutdown which resulted in a lapse of funding.

According to a DHS official, much of CISA’s work covering threat intelligence, technical support and vulnerability assessments were halted during the shutdown. Krebs told CISA staff that it will prioritize the processing of personnel's compensation as well as efforts such as election security assistance and cybersecurity programs once the shutdown ends. He added that the CISA heads consulted program managers and regional offices on steps to be taken regarding the agency’s three crucial programs that were impacted by the shutdown.

On Friday, the White House announced that it will reopen parts of the government that were continuing operations without funding on a temporary basis.

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