In the ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity and emergency preparedness, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) assumes a pivotal role in ensuring the safety of the nation. The heartbeat of CISA resonates within its ten regional offices strategically dispersed across the country. 

Bridget Bean, the Director for the Integrated Operations Division at CISA, highlighted the widespread presence of the agency’s personnel, with employees working in every state. “My team on the ground across the nation has the responsibility and the wonderful opportunity to bring together stakeholders, critical infrastructure owners and operators, and state and local government officials,” Bean explained, “to really tackle the problems that are facing our nation in cyber and physical. “ 

Bean and her team are also responsible for chemical safety and ensuring emergency comms are up and operating. “And it’s that collective team that works together to bring all of CISA’s products and services to stakeholders all across the country,” she shared.  

The primary mission of CISA’s regional offices is to ensure communities are resilient. “Because it’s not a question of if, but when. We’re facing increased ransomware attacks, all kinds of things that are the nontraditional 9/11 terrorist activities,” Bean shared. “We really want to work with our partners to make sure they’re taking all those precautions to best protect themselves.” 

Proactively engaging with partners, the regional offices ensure the adoption of precautions, the development of incident response plans, and the establishment of continuity of operations plans for a swift recovery in the face of man-made or natural disasters. Bean emphasized, “We really do help to prepare, respond, and recover from disasters regardless of the origin.” 

The regional workforce of CISA emerges as a driving force behind this mission. Bean highlighted the unique advantage of working in a regional office, stating, “In the regional office, you have the ability to really learn about and know every program across CISA.” Members of these offices actively participate in crucial conversations nationwide, contributing to the development of K-12 programs and other critical initiatives. 

“I want everybody to see themselves as a CISA employee,” Bean expressed. “There is a job here at CISA for everybody. And if people care about protecting our homeland and fighting to make sure we maintain our way of life, CISA is the place for you.” 

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