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DHS shifts from paperwork to operational cybersecurity

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December 6, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Personnel
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The Homeland Security Department’s cybersecurity stance has been reinvigorated, mostly thanks to a new face in the department’s cyber division.

Alan Paller, the vice president for research at the SANS Institute,told Government Computer News the appointment of Mark Weatherford to lead the cyber division at DHS has the potential to be transformative for the agency.

Paller, who joined In Depth with Francis Rose to discuss the new DHS cyber posture, said the agency is moving into a more operational realm.

“I’m seeing a shift from paperwork and compliance energy that’s been permeating the government for the last 15 years into an operational mode, where they’re actually moving to improve security — not just writing about it,” he said.

And it’s all happening because of a change in management, he added.

via Federal News Radio, continued here.