Where Next for Government Cybersecurity?

September 11, 2015

Dan Lohrmann

On the 14th anniversary of 9/11/01, there are plenty of reasons to be thankful regarding public safety in America. And yet, there is also a growing list of cyber threats that are grabbing news headlines. We talked with Dr. Andy Ozment, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary, who is the new point person for the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC).

Everyone in America remembers where they were on September 11, 2001. As we think back over the years, there have been physical attacks thwarted and numerous close calls.

Over the past few years, the number of serious online incidents impacting national security has skyrocketed. We live in a far different online world today than most people imagined back when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed back in 2003.

And while the DHS leadership team has changed, the cyberthreat landscape has also grown dramatically, along with a new determination to strengthen our digital defenses. Meanwhile, The OPM data breach and several Whitehouse data breaches have propelled cybersecurity to the top of national security priority list.

Recently, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed Dr. Andy Ozment to the role of Assistant Secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C) within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD). As the DHS website points out, Dr. Ozment “oversees a budget of almost $930 million and leads a Federal employee workforce charged with enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure.”

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