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DHS identifies key building blocks for more secure, resilient networks

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March 28, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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Automation, interoperability, and authentication are the three security building blocks to create more secure and resilient networks, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) white paper.

“If these building blocks were incorporated into cyber devices and processes, cyber stakeholders would have significantly stronger means to identify and respond to threats—creating and exchanging trusted information and coordinating courses of action in near real time”, wrote Philip Reitinger, DHS deputy under secretary for national protection and programs directorate, in a blog. Reitinger coordinated the work of 13 federal agencies in producing the paper.

The white paper compares cybersecurity to the human body’s immune system, which includes layered defenses and countermeasures, specialized roles, methods for rapidly identifying attackers, surge capabilities, and the ability to learn and rapidly adapt. “Here, cyber equivalent functions might include threat and incident watch, data dissemination, threat analysis, intervention recommendations, and coordination of preventive actions.”

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