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Jeh Johnson: DHS Continues Cyber Efforts in Einstein Deployment, Info Sharing, CDM

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Jeh Johnson
Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson, homeland security secretary, said the government’s 30-day review of federal cybersecurity one facet of a larger ongoing federal-wide effort to bolster network security.

Johnson wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on Politico that DHS works with other agencies and the private sector on cyber information sharing through the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

DHS also manages the Einstein system for network monitoring and intrusion detection and aims to deploy the Einstein 3 Accelerated program for blocking malicious network traffic across the Office of Personnel Management and other federal civilian agencies by the end of the year, he said.

Johnson noted that DHS is also working to deploy the first phase of Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation tools at 97 percent of federal civilian agencies by the end of fiscal 2015 and to secure funding for the second phase of the program.

He also indicated that DHS needs help from Congress to authorize Einstein and provide incentives for private-sector cyber information sharing.

“We are aggressively strengthening our defenses. With Congress’ help, we will do much more,” Johnson said.

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