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DHS Develops 4-Year Plan to Bolster National Security, Cyber Protections; Alan Cohn Comments

US department of homeland securityThe Department of Homeland Security has crafted a strategic plan for the next four years to safeguard national borders and critical infrastructure from security threats, FCW reported Friday.

Mark Rockwell writes that DHS outlined 2015-2018 departmental priorities in its second “Quadrennial Homeland Security Review” report that was released Thursday.

“Cybersecurity is one of the top dynamic areas that we see as a top challenge going forward,” said Alan Cohn, DHS assistant secretary for strategy, analysis and risk, according to FCW.

Cohn added the agency aims to harness technology to address vulnerabilities in a digital interconnected world, according to Rockwell’s article.

FCW reports the QHSR report also called for federal agencies to adopt a unified framework in researching and developing cyber defenses.

Matthew Fleming, a Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute fellow, said the DHS’ four-year strategic plan also emphasized data sharing as well as continuous monitoring initiatives, according to FCW.

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