New Name, New Vision for DHS’ NPPD
February 25, 2016 Leave a comment
by 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.
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