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Jeanette Manfra: DHS Unveils Supply Chain Initiative to Address Cyber Gaps Between Govt, Contractors

The Department of Homeland Security has introduced a program that aims to identify cybersecurity gaps between federal agencies and contractors, Federal News Radio reported Thursday.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the office of cybersecurity and communications at DHS’ national protection and programs directorate, told reporters Wednesday the supply chain initiative launched earlier this year seeks to build up the department’s efforts to address supply chain-related security risks through staff allocation.

“We need to have improved ability for DHS, [General Services Administration] [and] the intel community to be in a position to help inform procurement decisions by the federal government agencies throughout the civilian government,” Manfra said.

“We’re working on building those mechanisms and DHS’ role in pulling all of that altogether, and also working with industry experts to refine what are the supply chain risks that we should be concerned about,” she added.

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