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August 3, 2018

DHS Hub To Offer Cybersecurity Boost, But Cos. Still Exposed

Law360

Although the recent decision of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to open a center dedicated to tackling cyberthreats directed at critical infrastructure is likely to help expand vital communication channels between the public and private sectors, concerns still exist over whether liability protections could limit the initiative's ultimate effectiveness.

Partner Seth Stodder, who held various roles with DHS during the Obama and Bush Administrations, shared his insight with Law360 on the proposed National Risk Management Center—which is intended to go beyond existing cybersecurity efforts, such as the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), and is similar to the mission of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which has separate arms that deal with day-to-day operational intelligence functions and with bigger picture analysis and strategic planning.

"The government's solution is almost always to create more bureaucracy, which is often misguided, but in this context it makes sense to divide out the mission of NCCIC when it comes to big-picture strategic planning," said Mr. Stodder.

He also noted that the Trump Administration's approach to national cybersecurity "seems to be pretty consistent with the Obama Administration." "It's been an evolution more than an revolution from Obama to Trump in this area."

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