New Name, New Vision for DHS’ NPPD

Innovation concept, consultant in management doing presentationTom O'Keefeby Tomas O’Keefe, Consultant

The Department of Homeland Security’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) finally has a new name and vision: the Cyber and Infrastructure Protection Agency (CIPA). Congress still has to approve the plans before NPPD can formally roll out its new name, but DHS leadership isn’t wasting any time.

Executives are full speed ahead implementing the new vision and responsibilities for NPPD stated in the President’s FY17 budget request. Part of this new vision includes continued expansion of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) vehicle and making more investments in big data to support information gathered by cyber defense technologies.

Phyllis Schneck, DHS’s Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity and Communications, has been a key voice in sharing the new vision for the CIPA and the new ways agencies can make use of the data being generated via CDM and the National Cybersecurity and Protection System (NCPS) — known as Einstein. Big data analytics vendors should start talking to individual agencies on how their analytics tools can help translate attacks into lessons learned — ultimately improving defense of the agency’s network. Vendors should also have high-level discussions with DHS on aggregating data from the threat landscape (across civilian government) and improving the defense of the .gov domain by leveraging CDM and NCPS.

Big data vendors can also grow their federal market share by riding the cybersecurity wave given that cybersecurity and big data are naturally intertwined. Big data vendors should strategically fine tune their messaging to reflect the importance of cybersecurity in today’s world, and share their vision for applying these technologies to help agencies advance their mission.

Want more insight on connecting with DHS or pursuing the next stage of data analytics within your territories? Reach out to immixGroup’s Market Intelligence team  today to learn about specific offices and contacts that are most likely to purchase your IT solution.

About Tomas O'Keefe
Tom O'Keefe has over 10 years of market research experience as an Analyst and Consultant in the federal space. He also earned an MA in Political Science from George Mason University. He has covered both civilian and defense agencies and has presented to clients ranging from junior-level associates to executives from some of the largest Systems Integrators and contractors in the federal marketplace.

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