DHS to Manage Cybersecurity Standards Dev’t Under Trump’s Centralized Services Initiative

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The Department of Homeland Security was named a Quality Services Management Office for cybersecurity as part of the Trump administration’s new centralized “shared services” policy, Nextgov reported Wednesday. The new designation enables DHS to develop standards to guide all civilian agencies’ cybersecurity decisions.

Previously, DHS launched a similar effort to unify security procedures and government cybersecurity tools through the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program. According to Tarrazzia Martin, the Housing and Urban Development Department’s senior adviser for enterprise technology planning, many agencies suffered from the effort because “there was a lack of understanding by DHS of their cultures.”

“I think DHS has to consider that many of these agencies are infants in their understanding and take their time to make sure things actually happen as they’re supposed to and they don’t get left behind,” she added.

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