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DHS Diagnostics, Mitigation Program Offers Online Training; John Streufert Comments

DHS - ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security will offer an online training program on cybersecurity risk monitoring and mitigation for local and state governments as part of its efforts to develop critical application resilience, FedScoop reported Tuesday.

Dan Verton writes the training covers phase one of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation project awarded in a $6 billion contract in August 2013.

“The basic theory is that we are going to portions of the 50 state governments that do not have robust security programs,” said John Streufert, director of federal network resilience at DHS.

“We’re going to begin to provide them self-help mechanisms so they can begin to work on it themselves,” he added.

The training comes with 20-minute videos on CDM best practices produced by George Moore, DHS National Cyber Security Division technical director.

According to Streufert, lessons from the first phase will then be collected and assembled into toolkits for local and state government agencies.

“The theory is in the state governments, where one state has 32,000 government employees and only three of their units are well-protected, they would organize in dedicated clouds and put their most capable security professionals watching the ingress and egress points,” he said.

Verton writes DHS also signed agreements with civilian federal organizations for services that focus on critical application resilience.

The training program is expected to launch this week.

Initial training information will be posted on a webpage hosted by the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, while the videos will be available on either a government website or YouTube.

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