Jeanette Manfra, the acting deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department, offered an in-depth look into the steps DHS and the government took to keep federal agencies safe from WannaCry.
The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security led a much more coordinated and informed defense against the WannaCry cyber attack that began May 12.
When ISC², a non-profit focused on cybersecurity education and certification, conducted a survey of chief information security officers for federal agencies, it found three major concerns that permeated the results.
Election cybersecurity and the department’s ongoing efforts to install EINSTEIN 3A cyber tools at all civilian agencies are some of DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s top priorities before he leaves office at the end of the administration.
Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications in the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said the agency is pulling data from multiple sources to more quickly recognize potential and real cyber threats. Then DHS is rating those threats on a scale help agencies decide how quickly they need to take action.
The Homeland Security Department once again awarded Raytheon a massive cyber contract eight months after a protest required the agency to pull back its initial award. The DOMino program will supports DHS’ EINSTEIN and other cyber programs as House lawmakers plan to debate the agency’s fiscal 2017 budget.
Small agencies say the administration’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan could help them develop a collective force to address their IT challenges. Specifically, agencies are looking for help in hiring new cyber experts.
Phyllis Schneck, the deputy undersecretary of cybersecurity and communications at the Homeland Security Department, said the EINSTEIN 3A program is part of a growing set of tools that are creating a cybersecurity immune system for federal networks and computers.
Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, said he fully supports OPM Director Katherine Archuleta and CIO Donna Seymour in their efforts to address long-standing cyber challenges, and cautions lawmakers to ‘be careful about distinguishing fire starters from firefighters.’
Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications within the National Protections and Programs Directorate (NPPD), said the continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) and Einstein 3A programs would be “gravely” affected if Congress doesn’t pass DHS funding bill by Feb. 28.