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Roger Clark: New Commerce Dept Enterprise Security Center Works as ‘Intell-Gathering Org’

Commerce-DepartmentThe Commerce Department has formed a new enterprise security oversight center in a move to expand its role in leadership over the cybersecurity posture of the department’s bureaus, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jared Serbu writes the department intends for the center to further the government’s continuous diagnostics and mitigation effort toward information sharing.

Roger Clark, a senior adviser at the Commerce Department, told a breakfast meeting the oversight center operates as “intelligence-gathering organization, doing threat analysis, but then letting the organizations take the appropriate mitigation efforts in their own systems,” according to the report.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will procure and develop the back-end infrastructure for the oversight organization and the center is set to begin operations by the end of December, the station reports.

“What it let us do was basically buy additional licensing for the product we were already rolling out across the enterprise,” Clark said.

“So one of the big advantages is the ability to have a standardized product that provides us that asset information, because you can’t protect it if you don’t know it’s there,” he told meeting attendees.

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