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.
Brenda Sprague, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for passport services, said the agency has made major changes to its people, process and technology to be able to handle a huge increase in passport applications over the next two years.
Nearly two years after Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, the intelligence community says it’s laid the groundwork for a public-private cyber threat hub, but it’s still far from the “cyber 911” that lawmakers and agencies envisioned.
Former senator Dan Coats, the nominee to be the next Director of National Intelligence, told the Senate Intelligence Committee the agency’s mission grew over the last 12 years, and he wants to find ways to improve how the entire intelligence community works.
One group representing federal scientists is urging President Donald Trump to finish work it says was left unfinished by the Obama administration. Namely, establishing and enforcing policies for transparency and sharing when it comes to scientific information. Jeff Ruch, executive director of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, shares more on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Kshemendra Paul, who spent six years as the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment, recently took a new job with the Homeland Security Department as deputy director for Mission and Strategy on the Information Sharing and Services team in the agency’s chief information officer’s office.
Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary for the Homeland Security Department, said he’s spent the last three years building the foundations for key programs within DHS, from the Unity of Effort initiative to its role on cybersecurity and information sharing. Mayorkas will leave the department Oct. 28 to return to the practice of law.
Tonya Ugoretz, the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, said the CTIIC focused on maturing its three lines of business over the last year and now is ready to expand its efforts.
Nearly one year after Congress passed the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, agencies say they’re still looking for more buy-in from from more private sector companies to share and receive cyber threat indicator information with them. Meanwhile, the Justice Department, FBI and Homeland Security Department are trying to perfect their own information sharing practices as an incentive for companies to partner with them.
Ed Leonard, the Washington D.C. Fire and EMS Agency chief information officer, said when a recent CSX train went off track, the lack of interoperability hampered some of the information sharing between his office and his federal counterparts.