DoD and DHS join forces for cybersecurity

The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security signed a memo of agreement to join forces in cybersecurity.

By Jolie Lee
Federal News Radio

The Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security signed a memorandum of agreement Wednesday that officials hope will enhance the country’s ability to protect against cyber threats.

The agreement formalizes processes for how the DoD and DHS will work together to increase cybersecurity.

DoD cyber analysts will be embedded within DHS to better support the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center. Also, a full-time senior DHS leader will work at DoD’s National Security Agency, along with a support team comprised of DHS privacy, civil liberties and legal personnel.

“This structure is designed to put the full weight of our combined capabilities and expertise behind every action taken to protect our vital cyber networks, without altering the authorities or oversight of our separate but complementary missions,” according to a release from the two departments.

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