DHS cyber shakeup faces new hurdles
By Morgan Chalfant – 07/30/17 08:41 PM EDT
An effort in Congress to reorganize the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity efforts is finally gaining steam, but faces an uncertain fate as lawmakers leave for the August recess.
The prospect for reorganizing the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) took a big step this week. A key House committee advanced legislation that would rename the DHS office and spin it out into its own operational agency—giving lawmakers pushing for changes new optimism.
Former officials say that elevating the department’s cyber wing will add more muscle to DHS’s cybersecurity efforts, giving it more credibility to handle the security of civilian federal government networks and critical infrastructure.
But while they are encouraged by the action on the issue, some warn lawmakers need to act more quickly and worry about additional obstacles ahead.