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Matthew Travis: DHS’ National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center to Remain Amid National Risk Mgmt Center Establishment

Matthew Travis, deputy undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security's National Protection and Programs Directorate, said the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will retain its responsibilities even when the National Risk Management Center is formally holding office, FCW reported Tuesday.

Travis said during a conference in Washington D.C. that the NCCIC will continue to drive partnerships between the public and private sector, as well as deliver technical advisories to respond to cybersecurity threats.

He explained that NRMC will comprise of private sector analysts who will focus on addressing complex and longer-term cyber threats that affect various critical infrastructure groups.

The analysts will coordinate with their counterparts in the departments of Homeland Security, Energy or Treasury to understand interdependencies across sectors, Travis added.

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced in early August that the department intends to establish the NRMC to provide government and industry cyber professionals with “crowd-sourced” methods to respond to cyber threats.

The new facility will be built in DHS’ headquarters in Washington D.C.

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