U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT)

What can US-CERT do to better serve you?

US-CERT interacts with federal agencies, industry, the research community, state and local governments, and others to disseminate reasoned and actionable cyber security information to the public. Information is available from the US-CERT web site (www.us-cert.gov), mailing lists, and RSS channels. US-CERT also provides a way for citizens, businesses, and other institutions to communicate and coordinate directly ...more »

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Education/Workforce Development

DHS should improve and expand its education efforts

The 2008 Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative's (CNCI) Education Initiative addresses expansion in education, requiring partnerships with key agencies to develop a strategy and recommendations for prioritizing and redirecting current education efforts. DHS partners with the National Cybersecurity Alliance with the Cybersecurity Awareness Volunteer Education (C-SAVE) Project. Along with the National Security ...more »

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Defending Federal Networks

Efforts to improve defense of federal networks

DHS has the lead role in protecting federal executive branch civilian networks. It has developed an intrusion detection system that will passively observe federal executive branch network traffic for malicious activity. Further efforts are aimed at developing an intrusion prevention system for these same networks.

 

What is your view of these programs and what more do you think should be done?

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Protecting Privacy

Efforts to protect privacy

Protection of privacy and civil liberties is a priority for the U. S. government and privacy protections are built into all of DHS's cybersecurity programs. When appropriate, DHS publishes privacy impact assessments (PIA) for it's programs.

 

What more can DHS do to allay concerns about privacy and civil liberties?

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Strengthening Public-Private Partnerships

How to strengthen public-private partnerships

In order to secure the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR), we need a robust public-private partnership encompassing an active dialogue and collaboration between the public and private sectors. DHS recognizes that game-changing and innovative technology solutions will likely come from the private sector, while government will focus on developing policy objectives and identifing requirements needed ...more »

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Recruitment

The career path for cybersecurity professionals should include work in the public sector

The public and private sectors compete with one another to hire skilled, cyber-savvy experts, limiting the number of employees available to each. Both sectors offer cybersecurity professionals unique experiences and opportunities. We believe that it is valuable for employees to have work experience in both the private and public sectors. Do you believe cybersecurity professionals' career progression should include ...more »

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Recruitment

Incentives for Federal Employment

There is healthy competition for talented employees between the federal government and the private sector. To ensure it has employees with the skills required to protect and defend the country's federal networks, the federal government must seek creative ways to entice qualified individuals to government service, beyond salary and benefits. What things other than salaries and benefits can the government offer those ...more »

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