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DHS’ Larry Zelvin: Financial Services Firms Need In-House Cyber Staff

cybersecurityLarry Zelvin, director of the Department of Homeland Security‘s national cybersecurity and communications integration center, has encouraged financial services institutions to have in-house staff trained in cybersecurity to help shore up their networks, Politico reported Tuesday.

“You really need to have people that are focused on this at the company,” Zelvin told a Politico-hosted event Tuesday in Washington, according to the report by M.J. Lee and Jon Prior.

Zelvin also addressed the roles and responsibilities of government agencies in helping to stop cyber attacks through coordination with private businesses, the report said.

“There’s nothing in the law that says, hey, by the way you can work with DHS on this. It’d be far better to have statutory clarity.”

He told the audience that there is little “political momentum” in Congress to pass legislation to detail what DHS’ authorities would be and how they can work with companies to exchange cyber threat information, Politico reports.

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