5 Key Cybersecurity Areas for DHS to Tackle

GAO Advice Presented at Senate Hearing on Post 9/11 Security
5 Key Cybersecurity Areas for DHS to Tackle
Five key cybersecurity challenges the Department of Homeland Security should tackle were outlined in testimony delivered Wednesday at a hearing on post-9/11 transportation challenges.

The only witnesses at a Senate Commerce Science and Transportation hearing on post-9/11 transportation challenges Wednesday was Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, but the managing director for homeland security and justice at the Government Accountability Office delivered a written statement for the record that outlined five key cybersecurity challenges the Department of Homeland Security should tackle.

According to the statement prepared by Cathleen Berrick, the five key cybersecurity areas include:

Bolstering cyber analysis and warning capabilities;
Completing actions identified during cyber exercises;
Improving cybersecurity of infrastructure control systems;
Strengthening DHS's ability to help recover from Internet disruptions; and
Addressing cybercrime

Berrick said DHS has made progress in strengthening cybersecurity, such as addressing some lessons learned from a cyber attack exercise, but further actions are warranted. "DHS has since developed and implemented certain capabilities to satisfy aspects of its responsibilities," she said, "but it has not fully implemented GAO's recommendations and, thus, more action is needed to address the risk to critical cybersecurity infrastructure."

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Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

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Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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