Report: DHS Eyes ‘Proactive’ Cyber Cooperation With Industry

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The Department of Homeland Security plans to become more proactive in delivering cybersecurity support to the U.S. private sector, FCW reported Thursday.

Jeanette Manfra, DHS assistant secretary for the office of cybersecurity and communications, said at a press briefing held Tuesday that the department wants to “move beyond only offering voluntary assistance to more proactively becoming the world leader in cyber risk analysis and intervening directly with companies when necessary.”

Manfra added that DHS will focus on companies that supply critical services such as electricity, financial systems and communications systems.

At the same press briefing, White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert said that the U.S. government has identified North Korea as the actor behind the WannaCry ransomware attack that affected  computer systems worldwide in May.

A DHS official told FCW that the department also looks to enter memorandums of agreement with critical infrastructure operators identified in Section 9 of an executive order released during the Obama administration.

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