DHS releases cybersecurity strategy

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Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, discusses the new Department of Homeland Security cyber outline and the importance of strategy continuity between administrations.


The Department of Homeland Security released its new cybersecurity strategy last week. The strategy consists of seven goals under five pillars, and emphasizes prevention, mitigation and eliminating risks as they are discovered. While the document itself is new, Ari Schwartz, managing director of cybersecurity services at Venable, said the ideas featured have been part of the U.S. defensive cyber strategy for several years.

 

“This is pretty rote stuff by now, so there’s not a lot in there that is totally surprising,” said Schwartz. “I don’t think there’s anything that is left out by saying ‘Oh that had to be in there but it’s not in there.’ If anything, it’s what you would expect the document to be and it’s surprising they couldn’t get it out sooner with that in mind.