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The National Risk Management Center, a joint center unveiled Tuesday in New York City and housed within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), should allow the private sector and government to collaborate and devise solutions to reduce risk to critical infrastructure.

The center will lead a series of activities that will help “define what is truly critical; create the frameworks by which government and industry collectively manage risk; and initiate specific cross-sector activities to address known threats,” DHS officials said.

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Released at the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit today in New York City, the new center will focus on:
1. Identify, assess, and prioritize efforts to reduce risks to national critical functions, which enable national and economic security
2. Collaborate on the development of risk management strategies and approaches to manage risks to national functions
3. Coordinate integrated cross-sector risk management activities

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen unveiled the new center.

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“It’s great that the government is putting more focus on coordination and information sharing, but until we define minimum security standards for critical infrastructure, we’ll continue to be vulnerable to nation-state threats,” said Phil Neray, vice president of industrial cybersecurity at CyberX.

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