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DHS Launches Security Initiative for US Telecommunications Infrastructure

Christopher Krebs

Chris Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security, has announced that the department is working on strengthening the telecommunications infrastructure of the U.S., FCW reported Wednesday.

At a National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee meeting, Krebs said the DHS is seeking security systems to protect domestic infrastructure from foreign actors.

The DHS will integrate its effort with the committee’s “moonshot” project, which was launched in May to address national cybersecurity issues, to help determine the capabilities and policies that can be used to safeguard U.S. telecommunications systems.

During the NSTAC meeting, Krebs also brought up the department’s objectives for the National Risk Management Center, which DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said would drive public-private teaming at the strategic level to respond to cyber defense matters.

The NPPD official added that the center would also address some of the recommendations of NSTAC’s moonshot effort.

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