Cybersecurity expert hails new DHS cyber chief

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Under the comprehensive cybersecurity legislative proposals favored by the White House and the Senate, DHS would become the primary federal agency in charge of regulating cybersecurity for the private sector and civilian agencies. NSA would play a supporting role due to its considerable expertise in the area.

Paller said DHS has made important advancements in its cybersecurity leadership driven by technologists, such as shifting toward security based more on automated technology and continuous monitoring than the paper-based compliance approach favored by the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Paller is also a frequent advocate of leveraging the $80 billion the federal government spends annually on information technology to encourage innovation by software and hardware providers so security is a primary consideration at every stage of a product's development.