Our nation’s critical infrastructure is massive and requires the right cybersecurity policies and solutions to help mitigate an ever-expanding array of threats.
In fact, according to this FedScoop article, there are more than 300,000 manufacturing plants in the U.S., 50,000 water utilities, thousands of electric utilities, 200 natural gas utilities controlling 2.4 million miles of distribution pipes, 28,000 food processing plants, 100 urban rail systems and 140,000 miles of freight rail tracks.
This is only a small portion of our nation’s critical infrastructure. As such, developing the right strategies for protecting these assets is paramount.
In 2013, Samara Moore, Director for Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection at the National Security Council, helped develop the executive order on improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity.
“Executive Order — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” calls on the U.S. government to work with “owners and operators of critical infrastructure” to share information about cyber threats and attacks and to implement common cybersecurity standards.
According to the Fed 100 coverage of Moore’s efforts, she has played a crucial role in guiding the implementation of the executive order, while also helping meet all milestones and publicizing progress to date. Moore also participated in multiple panels where she offered insights into how the private sector can best implement these guidelines.
By taking an active role in helping to develop the policies and strategies for protecting our nation’s critical assets, we are naming Moore as this week’s GovTransformer.
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