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U.S.Homeland Security plans more cybersecurity in dot-gov domains plus private websites.

The Pentagon and Department of Homeland security collaborate on Cybersecurity (Photo credit to Defencetalk.com)

The Department of Homeland Security DHS plans to increase its cybersecurity team by more than 50%, as legislators and the White House work to expand DHS`s authority in securing both government and private-sector websites.

By October next year, the Department of Homeland Security cyber workforce will grow from 260 to more than 400 workers, said Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, at a Senate committee hearing Monday.

A new bill  proposal released by the White House this month gives Homeland Security an expanded cyber authority and place DHS as the top protector of the dot-gov domains.

In regard to the bill, the DHS secretary would require companies to disclose…READ MORE HERE

In line with this, according to an agreement between the department secretaries last fall and a recently released White House proposal, the Defense Department is sharing cybersecurity information, capabilities and expertise with the Homeland Security Department.

Robert J. Butler, deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, was among four senior officials who testified before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs…READ MORE HERE