Jeh Johnson: DHS Needs Congress’ Help to Build Cyber Workforce

Jeh Johnson
Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson offered an overview of his department’s goals regarding legislation and relationships with the private sector in cybersecurity during a policy address Friday, Fedscoop reported Friday.

Dan Verton writes that Johnson called on Congress to give DHS new hiring and compensation authority for recruiting cybersecurity workers and update the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Johnson also said lawmakers should help to formulate DHS’ role in protecting federal civilian agencies and the role of the private sector in that effort, according to the report.

“We could also support some form of limitation on potential civil liability for private sector entities, provided it is narrow and targeted in a way necessary to protect networks,” Johnson said, according to the report.

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