Constant Vigilance Required – Cyber ​​”Not Just Another Risk”

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Third-party risk management, Access management, Application security

Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, CISA, discusses OT, Challenges and Resilience

Tony Morbin (@tonymorbin) •
July 4, 2022

Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, CISA


Biden’s executive order was a catalyst for action, with tight delivery deadlines for action, including the promotion of SBOM and Zero Trust. The cyber-physical nexus and growing threat surface mean maintaining vigilance is not easy, but acknowledging this is the first step explains Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, CISA.

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“How do we ensure that the CEO and the board understand the risks they are accepting in the organization (because) If we identify them and don’t mitigate them, we accept them,” says Natarajan .

EO – “What really surprised me was how aggressively the entire federal government was supporting these requirements and deliverables, to move quickly. We actually had our first deliverables in just a few weeks – a very difficult deadline.”


In a video interview with Information Security Media Group ahead of the keynote at InfoSafety Europe 2022 in London, Natarajan discusses:

  • The Biden executive order and its impact;

  • The Changing Landscape of Threats;

  • The need for continued vigilance to maintain resilience.


Prior to assuming the role of deputy director at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Natarajan was a director of Avantus Federal, a member of the board of directors of Disaster Tec, a director of The Cadmus Group, Inc, and a also served as the first responder himself as Deputy Assistant Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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