Chris Cummiskey, former acting undersecretary for management at the Department of Homeland Security, has outlined action steps he believes can help the department protect government information systems amid the increasing number of data breaches.
Cummiskey, currently a senior fellow with George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, wrote in a guest piece published Wednesday on Federal Times that DHS action is crucial to prevent further exposure of sensitive information.
He noted that the department should focus on securing added funding and speeding up the deployment of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation tools.
Cross-training IT professionals in cyber skills, enabling fast-track acquisition for cyber and supporting private-sector cyber approaches will also work to meet current government needs and keep pace with new developments in cyber, Cummiskey added.
He said the colocation of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center at the planned DHS consolidated headquarters at St. Elizabeths will help facilitate greater cyber coordination and collaboration.