Homeland Security Flexes Muscles with New Cybersecurity Strategy
Homeland Security is the government’s lead civilian agency for cybersecurity but has struggled to force other agencies to take the cyber threat seriously or to allocate sufficient resources to the threat.
Going forward, Homeland Security will “develop new processes to ensure accountability within agencies and across the federal enterprise in order to affect necessary cybersecurity changes,” according to the strategy. The department will also “develop a formalized approach to measure and track agency adoption of information security policies, practices, and required controls,” the strategy states.
The language mirrors plans in a year-old cybersecurity executive order in which the Trump administration promised to hold top agency officials accountable for preventable cyber breaches.