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Phyllis Schneck: ‘Einstein’ Program Helps DHS Gain Cyber Situational Awareness

cybersecurityPhyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary at the Department of Homeland Security for cybersecurity and communications, has said DHS is ready to help secure federal networks with the National Cybersecurity Protection System, Fedscoop reported Thursday.

Greg Otto writes Schneck told an Intel Security-sponsored forum that the department uses the system, nicknamed Einstein, to gain situational awareness of cyber threats as DHS’ National Protection and Programs Directorate explore ways to bolster the platform’s  intrusion detection and prevention functions.

She added DHS aims to facilitate exchange of threat information between companies and agencies through the department’s Automated Indicator Sharing initiative.

The report said the department also uses data collected during cyber investigations by the Secret Service and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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