The government’s cybersecurity experts will be busy beefing up the government’s IT security in coming months — including the latest version of a well-known test of federal and private sector preparedness. Their boss says it’s part of the never-ending quest to safeguard cyberspace.
Undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security has a lot on his mind.
If you have a good idea for INSA, you could be invited to present your proposal in front of a panel of 75 technologists and scientists. We learn more about how to become the Next Intelligence Innovation Idol from Ellen McCarthy, President of INSA.
Hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan are joined by Ellen McCarthy, president of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. They talk about what you need to know if you are interested in working in intelligence.
Intelligence community observer Ellen McCarthy says massive across-the-board spending cuts would result in significant layoffs in both the federal government and the private sector.
The Energy and Homeland Security departments are working with companies in the electricity sector to come up with a baseline set of cybersecurity standards. Michael Daniel, the White House cyber coordinator, said the framework is making a difference in how owners and operators secure their networks. But Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) said without liability protections expansion of these efforts isn’t likely.
Agencies and universities are refining job descriptions, revamping training and education programs and helping industry, academia and government to begin to reach consensus on the makeup of a modern-day cybersecurity workforce. The Office of Personnel Management also has made changes to personnel systems so that job descriptions map to the framework. The plan already has had in impact on cyber education at colleges and universities across the country.
The Intelligence Community may be in the same personnel spot the Defense Department is in for the same reason. The IC needs to find a way to shrink its workforce but still meet its mission. Marshall Keith, former vice president of Enterprise Operations at SI Organization, is now a principal at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance for its Task Force Research and Writing Team. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose INSA is arguing intelligence agencies could take a few pages from the Defense Department’s sequestration playbook as it focuses on its future workforce needs.
Contractors, government relationship feeling the impact of cutting-edge technology, resulting in potentially cheaper and more efficient manufacturing.
Responding to cyber penetrations into federal IT systems at the Office of Personnel Management and elsewhere, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday that it was launching a “comprehensive” and governmentwide counterintelligence campaign.