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New First Response Cyber Center was Announced by Homeland Security

New York, USA (BulgarianMilitary.com), 2 August, 2018, Editor: Stanislava Georgieva, Photo credit: wikimedia.org

Only a week after the warning of conducted cyberattacks against U.S. critical infrastructure sectors by Russia government, the Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of new first response cyber center and 90-day attempt to build out its processes and capabilities. This happened on a cybersecurity summit, hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, held on 31st July in New York, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.

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The aim of the building such center is the sharing of threat information between the public and the private sector in order to be filled the gaps between the government and some of the leading companies in America’s digital life.

During the summit, Kirstjen Nielsen, The Homeland security Secretary said that some local governments previously called 911 during cyber threat. She added that a wide range of sectors are threatened by the attempts of nation-state actors to infiltrate critical infrastructure operations. All these facts determine the “need for an agreed-upon playbook to integrate government and industry response efforts.”

The government is planning the operating national counterterrorism center to focus on incident response, while the new center will focus on identifying national risk.
It became clear that the new center applies a system for risk management and identifying critical cyber supply chain elements.

No leader has been appointed so far and the center has not received an increased budget. But it is clear that the staff will be from other parts of government. This was stated by Jeanette Manfra, the assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at Homeland Security.

In 2015 U.S. government has adopted the The Cybersecurity Information SharingAct that attempts to incite cooperation between the public and private sector. So far only six companies are sharing cyberthreats with government, reports Kris Krebs of the national protection and programs direction at Homeland Security. That shows the ineffectiveness of the current sharing portals. Kris Krebs also proposed the companies to include clause in their contracts that their vendors must use threat-sharing portals.

Some of the largest corporations, that were present at the summit, praised the new program in their conversations with top government officials. Among them was John Donovan, the chief executive of AT&T, who said: “This was an obvious thing to do for a decade but it didn’t happen,”

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