In a joint effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have introduced a comprehensive guide titled “Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers.” This guide is designed to offer state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) emergency managers foundational knowledge regarding cyber incidents, with the aim of enhancing cyber preparedness efforts in their respective jurisdictions.
The central goal of this initiative is to empower emergency managers to not only comprehend but also adequately prepare for the potential impacts of cyber incidents on their communities and emergency operations. Cyber threats have become increasingly prevalent and pose a significant risk to public safety and critical infrastructure. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, FEMA and CISA have released this guide as a critical resource for emergency managers.
Within the guide, emergency managers will find essential recommendations and insights on how to effectively plan for and respond to cyber incidents. The collaborative effort by FEMA and CISA underscores the significance of bridging the knowledge gap in understanding and addressing cyber threats within the emergency management context. This guide is a valuable tool that emphasizes the importance of proactive cyber preparedness efforts, helping emergency managers better safeguard their communities from the potential impacts of cyber incidents.
By promoting increased awareness and readiness for cyber incidents, FEMA and CISA aim to strengthen the overall resilience and response capabilities of SLTT emergency managers, ultimately enhancing the nation’s ability to manage and mitigate cyber threats effectively.