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DHS to Launch Voluntary Program Under New Cybersecurity Framework; Phyllis Schneck Comments

Phyllis Schneck - McAfee, ExecutiveMosaicThe Department of Homeland Security is set to implement a voluntary program for contractors to bolster computer and network security infrastructures under President Barack Obama’s cyber executive order, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes DHS’ National Protections and Programs Directorate will introduce the new program on Feb. 14 after the National Institute of Standards and Technology issues the first version of the cybersecurity framework.

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at NPPD, told the station the voluntary program will require companies to follow basic cybersecurity rules that private sector and government scientists developed through the framework.

“Through the programs that we build, [we] are looking at how we can engage not only our perimeter defense, but our network defense,” she said.

Schneck also told Federal News Radio one goal of the program is to build new technologies that are intended to drive the cybersecurity market.

DHS will also develop a portal resource on the DHS.gov and US-Cert.gov websites and create infrastructure resilience review forms for companies to download and fill out, she told the station.

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