Christopher Krebs, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said during an interview with CBS that the U.S. needs to deploy a “range of tools” to address active adversarial threats.
Krebs, also a 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, noted that the government needs to take action through legal sanctions as well as overt and covert offensive capabilities to respond to adversaries such as nation states, proxy groups or criminal entities, CBS reported Wednesday.
He added that the government and private sector need to work together to effectively retaliate against threats from Russia and China. Russia aims to knock down the U.S. as a global leader while China seeks to manipulate the industry through strategies such as intellectual property theft.
CISA is collaborating with over 2,000 local jurisdictions across 50 states to strengthen the nation’s cybersecurity posture ahead of the 2020 election, Krebs said.