Federal CISO on looking to industry for cybersecurity talent similar to US Digital Service

“Agencies have seen a deluge of new guidance and standards released since President Joe Biden’s May cybersecurity executive order, and a top White House cyber official says the government is now shifting into the execution phase of the sprawling directive.

Since the order was issued six months ago, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology has released a definition of ‘critical software,’ and the White House has directed agencies to identify all such software on their networks…”

“[Chris DeRusha, federal chief information security officer at the White House Office of Management and Budget] also said he’s ‘actively exploring’ whether to establish a cybersecurity service akin to the U.S. Digital Service. The USDS was established during the Obama administration and brings in technology talent from the private sector to do short tours of duty working on technology modernization issues.

‘I don’t think it needs to be exactly the same as what we see on the USDS side, but they’ve learned a lot and they’ve got a really good model in place where they get lots of high skilled technical talent to come do a tour of duty into our service,’ DeRusha said. ‘I think that’s the thing that we want to tap into, is what model should we create on this side to get that same spirit of interest in serving?’…”

“The federal CISO was also recently given a second title as deputy national cyber director for federal cybersecurity within Chris Inglis’ new office at the White House. As the national cyber director, Inglis serves as ‘a principal advisor to the president on cybersecurity policy and strategy, and cybersecurity engagement with industry and international stakeholders,’ according to the White House.

Inglis has said his new office is looking to bring ‘unity of effort’ to U.S. cybersecurity efforts. DeRusha said his new dual-hatted position brings benefits to both the new cyber office and OMB…” Read the full article here.

Source: Agencies entering ‘execution’ phase of Biden’s cyber executive order – By Justin Doubleday, November 19, 2021. Federal News Network.


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