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Janet Napolitano: The Cyber Czar? Part 3

Janet Napolitano: The Cyber Czar? Part 3

Then, I wrote about how the Department of Homeland Security secretary sounded like the cybersecurity czar because she was one of the few top administration officials visibly speaking about cybersecurity. At the time, President Obama's promise to name a White House cybersecurity coordinator was already two months old; the post remains vacant four-plus months later.

Next up, in late August, I blogged about how a bill, the U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act, was being rewritten to give DHS more sway over developing federal cybersecurity policy, even the authority to review - though not necessarily approve - cybersecurity budgets of other civilian agencies. That blog carried the headline: Janet Napolitano: The Cyber Czar, Part 2

This latest news suggests that DHS's influence on federal cybersecurity policy is only growing, and its head, Janet Napolitano, seems more like a cybersecurity czar than anyone else. 

Today, Napolitano announced that the White House has given its blessing to allow DHS to hire up to 1,000 cybersecurity professionals over the next three years. This latest news suggests that like the revised U.S. ICE Act, DHS's influence on federal cybersecurity policy is only growing, and its head, Napolitano, seems more like a cybersecurity czar than anyone else in government.

Stay tuned for Part 4.



About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

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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