DHS Executive Mark Bristow: Cybersecurity mitigation hindered by ‘too many CISOs in the government’

“Mark Bristow, who leads the Department of Homeland Security’s hunt and incident response team for its National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, said that when it comes to agency security executives, it’s a little crowded at the top.”

“We have too many CISOs in the government. We have too many CISOs,” even at DHS, Bristow said during a panel discussion at Defense One’s Cyber Summit Nov. 19. “I think between me and the top line of DHS there’s like six or seven CISOs. It’s just a lot.”

“Bristow said it’s understandable why the information security executives are in place, but having too many lines of authority — each with their own opinions and guidance — creates bureaucracy and “gets in the way of setting strategic vision.” The result, he said, impedes cybersecurity mitigation efforts and fosters “organizational stagnation” because “everyone has to fight with like 50 other people to make one change in their environments and our adversaries… they know this is how…” Read the full post here.

Source: Quick Hits – November 20, 2019. FCW.


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