As the threat of cyberattacks on the United States are undertaken by foreign adversaries flourishes, the federal government has been slow to answer. But changes announced Tuesday at the Department of Homeland Security, along with a brand-new bipartisan proposal aimed at shoring up DHS cybersecurity initiatives, could pass newfound purpose to defenses against critical infrastructure hacking.
At a cybersecurity summit Tuesday, Homeland Security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the process of developing the National Risk Management Center, which will focus on estimating menaces and protecting US critical infrastructure against spoofing. The center will focus on the intensity, busines, and telecommunications sectors to start, and DHS will conduct a number of 90 -day “sprints” throughout 2018 in an attempt to rapidly construct out the center’s processes and capabilities.
“We are reorganizing ourselves for a new campaign, ” Nielsen said on Tuesday, who described the new center as a “focal point” for cybersecurity within the federal government departments. Nielsen likewise was also pointed out that DHS is working with members of Congress on organizational changes that can be mandated by statute to improve DHS’s effectiveness and reach.
Also on Tuesday, senators Maggie Hassan( D-New Hampshire) and Rob Portman( R-Ohio) announced a invoice to that influence. The so-called DHS Cyber Incident Response Teams Act of 2018 seeks to establish permanent “cyber hunt” and “cyber incident response” squads within DHS. These radicals would work on cybersecurity protection for federal agencies and private entities and help respond to incidents.