USDA Aiming to Reorganize Security Operations Center

Jeff Brody

The Department of Agriculture has begun transitioning personnel under eight mission areas to a new Kansas City facility to support the consolidation of its security operations center, Fedscoop reported Monday.

Venice Goodwine, chief information security officer of USDA, said at an ACT-IAC event that the consolidated operations center will streamline efforts to address vulnerabilities across the department’s systems.

“I want to change the mindset that whenever my mission areas decide they need a new toy or capability, they need to ask me and it’s defensible,” she said. “Part of that is: Do I have the workforce to support what you’re trying to bring into the organization?”

Goodwine plans to implement National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education standards for identifying SOC functions and positions. Currently, the SOC has 42 personnel and a career path spanning 52 NICE roles.

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