DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams (HIRT) Act: What you need to know


Not a month goes by without the new media reporting that another city or municipality has fallen victim to a cyberattack, and oftentimes this attack comes in the form of ransomware. To help federal and non-federal entities with this ever-present risk, the DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act of 2019, also known as HIRT, was passed. This law builds on DHS’s previous cybersecurity initiatives to strengthen DHS’s cybersecurity posture. 

This article will detail the HIRT act. We will give an overview of what the HIRT Act is and the benefits that HIRT offers, as well as how HIRT fits into DHS’s efforts to prepare for large-scale cyberattacks. 

What is HIRT?

The DHS Cyber Hunt and Incident Response Teams Act (HIRT) is a step towards a stronger cybersecurity posture for federal and non-federal entities and critical infrastructure (CI). This is achieved in part by coordinating with federal, state and local governments, as well as with owners, operators and vendors of control systems. Collaboration initiatives include efforts involving Computer Emergency Response Teams, or CERTS, in the private sector. HIRT operates under the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

HIRT buttresses cybersecurity efforts contained in the Homeland

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