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DHS Begins More Intense Use of Stricter Cybersecurity Practices

Matthew Travis, deputy assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, has said the agency is working on adapting its cybersecurity strategy to counter advanced cyber threats aimed at the government, Bloomberg Government reported Tuesday.

The DHS intends to strengthen its cybersecurity authority, which includes requiring other agencies to update their cybersecurity policies in areas where the National Protection and Programs Directorate sees unmitigated risks.

The department will also rely on public-private partnerships to work toward the same objectives.

DHS Assistant Secretary Jeanette Manfra said during an NPPD Office of Cybersecurity and Communications event that government and industry representatives who will work at the new National Risk Management Center will boost collaboration on cybersecurity.

Manfra added that federal contractors should adhere to standardized security practices and strict security requirements stated in governmentwide contracts.

The DHS also aims to launch several cybersecurity-related procurement programs through 2020, such as recompeting the Priority Telecommunications Services contract and streamlining the operations of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

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