Former federal cyber executives say the NSC’s decision to consolidate the cyber coordinator role sends the wrong signal publicly.
Grant Schneider, the acting federal chief information security officer, said shared services for cybersecurity can help address the workforce shortage.
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, the former head of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command, told House Homeland Security Committee members they should go further than just creating a new cyber agency within DHS.
Brigadier General (retired) Greg Touhill will move from DHS to the Office of Management and Budget to the be the first federal CISO while Grant Schneider has been named acting deputy CISO.
The Homeland Security Department drew large crowds to its first-ever tech and cybersecurity job fair in Washington this week. The department interviewed applicants, made tentative offers and started the security clearance review process on the spot for about 150 talented candidates.
The Office of Management and Budget said it’s taking stock of its accomplishments over the past eight years, as well as the items it has left on its cybersecurity to-do list, before the upcoming presidential transition. Implementing pieces of the new cyber workforce strategy is a top priority for the Obama administration during its last six months.
The Office of Management and Budget outlined a series of steps agencies should take to increase the number of people they recruit, train and prepare to protect federal networks.
President Barack Obama is requesting $89.8 billion for federal IT in 2017, including $51.3 billion for civilian agencies and $38.5 billion for the Defense Department.
President Barack Obama plans to ask Congress for $19 billion for federal cybersecurity efforts in fiscal 2017. The White House wants to use some of the money to create a $3.1 billion IT modernization fund and provide more education to federal employees as part of a new cyber national action plan.
The National Background Investigations Bureau will have its own director, who will report to the Office of Personnel Management. The administration says it doesn’t have a specific timeline for implementing the new security clearance program or standing up the new agency, but changes will come in incremental stages.