Cyber Threats are emerging faster than DHS’s expectations


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to innovate itself in anticipating cyber threats which are on the rise said Kirstjen Nielsen, US Secretary for Homeland Security. So, it needs a lot of support from the industry’s cyber research community and partnerships from the tech industry to do so say, Ms. Nielsen.

“It’s hard to detect, assess and address cyber threats of today’s generation. So, we need to have the discipline to understand what is emerging” said Nielsen at the agency’s cyber and innovation showcase.

“US law enforcement agencies have identified China and not Russia as a biggest cyber threat to the entire United States”, said the 46-year old who is serving as a sixth US Secretary for DHS since 2017.

The government is doing its part in improving the resources for reporting cyber threats as the trump administration has outlined plans to allocate some $17.4 billion to cybersecurity efforts across government in fiscal 2020.

Objective of such funding will be to fortify the government’s digital infrastructure by replacing legacy infrastructure with the best of the available technological innovation.

Note- Rob Joyce who has served as White House cybersecurity coordinator and as a senior advisor for NSA was quoted saying that Russia can be touted as a hurricane which is filled with devastation while China represents a slow and pervasive climate change. Joyce added that Russia is trying to disrupt the US system as a whole, while China is found manipulating the infrastructure for long term use.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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