The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is shaking up its cybersecurity team, elevating the organization and preparing a new plan to address cyber incidents.
The changes, announced by Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, describe how the DHS's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) will now operate. The strategic updates include:
1. Cybersecurity incidents will now have a direct reporting line from the NCCIC to Johnson.
2. Dr. Andy Ozmet, currently assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, will assume overall and direct responsibility for the NCCIC. Ozmet already oversees a $930 million budget and leads a federal workforce charged with enhancing security, resilience and reliability of cyber and communications infrastructure.
3. John Felker will now run day-to-day operations at the NCCIC. Felker isn HP Enterprise Services veteran who has also worked in and around the government cyber community.
The changes come as the U.S. government, businesses and universities strive to cope with international hacks and cyberattacks involving the Office of Personnel Management, American Airlines, Anthem and many others.
Amid growing fears that all major infrastructure and data warehouses could be at risk, businesses have also been reshaping data governance strategies in recent months.
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