The Department of Homeland Security finally secured a name change for its cybersecurity-focused branch, but more importantly, and its chief has laid out a two-year roadmap to bring it up to “full operating capability.”
More than 90 days out the launch of the National Risk Management Center, the team behind the center is staffing up and looking for a headquarters space.
Chris Krebs of the National Protection and Programs Directorate described the National Risk Management Center as one half of a two-pronged approach to cybersecurity.
The Homeland Security Department is excited by the prospect that the National Protection and Programs Directorate could be renamed and restructured as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency following a vote in the Senate on Wednesday.
The Homeland Security secretary says changing the name of the National Protection and Programs Directorate is more than cosmetic, while also calling for new authorities to chase terrorist drones.
Building off the momentum of launching its National Risk Management Center last month, the Homeland Security Department has renewed its pitch to Congress to approve an agency reorganization that would streamline DHS’ cybersecurity functions.
The new strategy details seven cybersecurity goals the Homeland Security Department wants to tackle within the next five years.
The National Protection and Programs Directorate said it has all the authorities it needs, with just one exception.
More than 1,000 people from federal and state agencies, in addition to partners from private critical infrastructure sectors, are convening in person and in cyberspace for the exercise.
The Homeland Security Department is finalizing regulations for a new personnel system for its cyber workforce, which would change the way it recruits, hires, pays and retains top talent.