The Hill: Worries mount as cybersecurity agency struggles amid shutdown

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“The partial government shutdown has furloughed nearly half the staff of a new cybersecurity agency, dealing a major setback to protecting vulnerabilities in federal infrastructure.”

“The administration officially launched the new agency, which replaced the department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), late last year. Cyber officials had celebrated in November when President Trump signed a bill renaming the cybersecurity division after the legislation lagged in Congress for months.”

“But all signs point to that plan being put on the back burner, until Trump signs a new bill to fully fund DHS.”

“The official spokespeople for the agency were unable to comment for this story. When contacted, CISA’s chief spokesman sent an automatic email saying he would “not be able to return or emails or telephone calls until I return to duty upon conclusion of the funding hiatus.” Read the full article here.

Source: Worries mount as cybersecurity agency struggles amid shutdown – By Jacqueline Thomsen, January 10, 2019. The Hill.

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