DOD teams with DHS for critical infrastructure protection

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security are teaming up to protect critical infrastructure through information-sharing efforts with the private sector – an effort that is new, promising and underfunded.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recently agreed to a framework for defending the U.S. from cyber threats. Kenneth Rapuano, assistant secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, told lawmakers at a joint hearing Nov. 14 that the joint memorandum “is a major step in fostering closer cooperation and marks a sea change in the level of collaboration between our departments.”

In his written testimony, Rapuano said that “DOD and DHS each derive unique insights from our daily activities — whether from DOD’s intelligence collection and cyber operations, or from DHS’s cyber operations to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure in partnership with the private sector — that inform our respective missions.”

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Source: Defence Systems