The day after the president fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency head Chris Krebs via tweet, the groups that partner with the Department of Homeland Security agency say they will continue to work with CISA despite the agency being left in a temporary limbo.

Krebs was a well-regarded figure in cybersecurity, building CISA into a model of public/private partnerships, leveraging the resources of the government to help state and private owners of critical infrastructure protect against threats to uptime. That infrastructure ranged from power plants owned by utilities to the backbones of shipping networks, to state-run election systems.

Security pros that spoke to SC Media say that while the services CISA offers may ultimately be the same, the fact the leader credited with the agency’s success was removed in such a jarring, politicized manner, undermines some of the confidence organizations will have working with the agency. And without the leadership that caused CISA to become an important government fixture, the rapid improvements may slow. 

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