DHS pushes for more cyber experts in the field


July 12, 2016

The Department of Homeland Security wants to expand a program that puts federal cyber and physical security experts on the ground in potentially vulnerable spots, officials told lawmakers.

Local advisers are essential to effective cybersecurity for infrastructure providers, said Andy Ozment, assistant secretary for DHS’ Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in the National Protection and Programs Directorate.

He told the House Homeland Security Committee’s Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection and Security Technologies Subcommittee that DHS has six cybersecurity advisers deployed nationwide as part of an NPPD program and is seeking funding for a total of 24 in the fiscal 2017 budget.

 

 

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