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DHS’ Phyllis Schneck: Trust Key to Threat Info Sharing Between Agencies, Companies

Phyllis Schneck
Phyllis Schneck

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, believes the government should establish trust with companies in order to encourage them to share digital threat information, Fedscoop reported Monday.

Schneck told Fedscoop reporter Greg Otto in an interview that DHS and its partner agencies work to ensure privacy in the department’s automated indicator sharing system.

She added a National Institute of Standards and Technology-developed cybersecurity framework can serve as a tool for the private sector to manage the risk and potential consequences of security incidents.

DHS also works to accelerate the process of hiring information security professionals who can help secure federal civilian and enterprise systems, according to Schneck.

“We asking for people to explore a hybrid: Do a private sector career and do some time in government,” she noted in the interview.

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