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Phyllis Schneck: DHS Eyes ‘Weather Map’ Approach to Cybersecurity

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Phyllis Schneck
Phyllis Schneck

The Department of Homeland Security is working with the White House and private sector to integrate big data into the government’s efforts to help businesses and federal agencies with cybersecurity defense, Nextgov reported Monday.

Jack Moore writes DHS plans to develop a predictive model of potential cyber threats by analyzing the trend of cyber events, according to the report.

Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications for DHS’ national protection and programs directorate and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 list for 2015, told the committee that the “weather map” initiative aims to apply what the National Weather Service analysts do to predict climate conditions, Nextgov reports.

“Our goal for networks for connected devices is to know when to, in real-time, just reject incoming traffic — much of which carries the malware these days — due to its current behavior,” Schneck said.

Schneck told the committee the department is prototyping for the weather map program, the report says.

DHS also intends to detect cyber threats in the absence of known cyber signatures under the Cyber Apex program, Moore reports.

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