Doug Bedell — September 5, 2013, 9:29 am

DHS Stepping Up Cybersecurity Monitoring of Federal Networks

The U.S. Homeland Security Department is committing $6 billion to standardize and strengthen cybersecurity monitoring and protection of civilian networks over the next three years, the Federal Times reports. DHS will be “firing billions of automatic security inspections across civilian networks every 24 to 72 hours. DHS has additional funding budgeted for at least the next two years, pending congressional approval.”

“We need tools to automate security testing and specialized experts to make those tools effectively operate and interpret the results,” the Federal Times quotes John Streufert, who leads DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program. “It’s how we make the repairs,” Streufert said. “In tightening budgets under sequestration, we are trying to make that repair labor more efficiently applied.”

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