DHS Creates Cyber Safety Review Board
The United States Department of Homeland Security has established a Cyber Safety Review Board (CSRB) to investigate “significant cyber incidents.”
Mandated via President Joe Biden’s May 12 2021 executive order (EO 14028) on improving the nation’s cybersecurity, the board “shall review and assess, with respect to significant cyber incidents […] affecting Federal Civilian Executive Branch Information Systems or non-Federal systems, threat activity, vulnerabilities, mitigation activities and agency responses.”
The CSRB, which was chartered on September 21 2021, will only operate in an advisory capacity.
Rob Silvers, the DHS’ undersecretary for strategy, policy and plans, has been selected to chair the board for two years. Together with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency director Jen Easterly, Silvers will choose up to 20 individuals to serve as board members.
CSRB will be formed by a mixture of government workers and private sector representatives who may need to obtain security clearances. According to instructions included in Biden’s EO, the person chosen to serve as the board’s deputy chair should work in the private sector.
Members will include at least one representative from the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, DHS, CISA, the National Security Agency and the Federal