I am an additional signatory to this letter:
November 8, 2023
The Honorable Chris Murphy
Chairman, Subcommittee on Homeland Security Senate Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Katie Britt
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Homeland Security Senate Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Dave Joyce
Chairman, Subcommittee on Homeland Security House Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20515
The Honorable Henry Cuellar
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Homeland Security House Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Chair Murray, Chairwoman Granger, Vice Chair Collins, and Ranking Member DeLauro:
We are a bipartisan cross-section of industry leaders, including former government officials, with significant national security, technology, critical infrastructure, and cybersecurity responsibilities who have worked with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Department of Homeland Security since their inception. We write today in our respective personal capacities to express our strong support for CISA and our concerns regarding proposed Fiscal Year 2024 (FY 2024) cuts to this critical national security agency.
As you know, CISA leads our national cybersecurity and critical infrastructure security efforts – an essential role responsible for countering dynamic and rapidly evolving attacks from threat actors like Russia, Iran, North Korea, and China – that regularly attack and breach U.S. Government agencies and critical infrastructures. Cuts to the FY 2024 funding level for CISA would weaken the agency’s important network defense efforts and critical infrastructure coordinator responsibilities.
Successful attacks against critical infrastructure have increased substantially in recent years. Organized criminal entities, foreign intelligence services and activist hackers are very real threats and constantly evolving. In the face of a known clear and present danger to the United States, now is the time to bolster our nation’s capabilities, not shirk our responsibilities to our citizens.
The U.S. is a cyber target and we must not stymie the progress that has been made to secure our most critical national assets. Proposed reductions would slow, if not halt, CISA’s efforts to deploy new cyber defense capabilities to keep pace with our adversaries, limit essential information sharing between CISA and the public, and stall efforts to grow the cybersecurity talent pipeline. In addition, such reductions would limit our collective ability to detect and coordinate responses to major cyber vulnerabilities and breaches before they have devastating impacts on the US economy or critical services that Americans rely on, such as clean drinking water, electricity, or the internet.
Historically, Congress has always prioritized investments in our military and in protecting the physical security of our nation. Our cybersecurity readiness deserves the same commitment.
Cybersecurity has historically maintained strong bipartisan support. We respectfully request that the House and Senate Appropriations Committees continue to prioritize robust cybersecurity funding to ensure CISA has the resources and capabilities to meet the cyber threats of today while securing against those of tomorrow.
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Chairman & CEO, Tenable
Senior Vice President, Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco Systems, Inc.
CEO and Chairman, Palo Alto Networks
Director, Security Program & Privacy, Protiviti
Managing Partner, SYN Ventures
Founder & CEO, NightDragon
Chief Information Security Officer, Fiserv
Chief Security Officer, Mastercard
Niloo Razi Howe
Managing Partner, Razi Ventures
Chief Information Security Officer, Healthcare
CEO & Co-Founder, CrowdStrike
Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, Children’s National Hospital
Chief Information Security Officer, Chevron
CEO, Forescout Technologies Inc.
CEO and Founder, SailPoint
Chief Information Security Officer, Smithfield Foods
Chief Information Security Officer, iCapital
Chief Security Officer, VMware
Chief Information Security Officer, TripAdvisor
Chief Strategy Officer at the National Cybersecurity Center and former Deputy Under Secretary for Cybersecurity at DHS
Chief Security Officer, USAA
cc: The Honorable Patty Murray, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
The Honorable Susan Collins, Vice Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee
The Honorable Kay Granger, Chairwoman, House Appropriations Committee
The Honorable Rosa DeLauro, Ranking Member, House Appropriations Committee
Signatures added after November 8, 2023, in order received
Chief Information Security Officer, Unqork
Chief Information Security Officer, Cyderes
Head of Cyber and Risk, Cogility Software
Co-Founder and CEO, Acsense
CEO and Founder, Mass Data
Acting Chief Information Security Officer, Obsidian Security
Founder & Managing Partner, Conviction
Co-Founder & CEO, OpenPolicy
Founding Partner, Cyforix LLC
Global Chief Information Security Officer, Anomali
Chief Information Security Officer, Guaranteed Rate
Head of Cybersecurity, AC Transit
Co-Founder & CEO, Armis
CEO, EPSD, Inc / Fuzz Technology, LLC
Chief Information Security Officer, PennyMac
Vikram Venkatasubramanian Founder & CEO, Nandi Security
President & CEO, Solvitur Systems
Larry Whiteside Jr.
Chief Information Security Officer, RegScale
Chief Security Officer, Blue Yonder
Chief Information Security Officer, Expel
Chief Information Security Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company
General Manager, OpenSSF
Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Department of Education
Chief Information Security Officer, Confluent
Chief Information Security Officer
Founder and former Head of CERT-EU
Chief Security Officer
Chief Technology Officer, Wib
Founder & CEO, BlackCloak
Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Public Sector, OpenText
Chief Security Officer, Gigamon