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Report: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse Eyes Cyber-Focused Inspector General

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island) plans to create a new inspector general post that would investigate federal agencies’ networks for cyber vulnerabilities, FCW reported Wednesday.

Whitehouse said the establishment of a cyber IG role would help facilitate the recruitment of cyber professionals to perform computer security and penetration testing functions.

He also noted about the lack of “clear white hat penetration authority” at 72 IG offices.

Whitehouse’s plan comes as other lawmakers work to introduce measures to assess and test cyber risks across federal agencies, according to the report.

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