DHS to hold industry day on cyber initiative

Editor's note: This story was updated at 4:37 p.m. Oct. 20, 2008. Please go to Corrections & Clarifications to see what has changed.

Industry will learn more in the coming months about what the Homeland Security Department wants from vendors as DHS implements its part of the multiyear, multibillion-dollar cybersecurity initiative.

DHS plans to hold a vendor day in December or January to provide contractors with an overview of its program plans under the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI), a senior DHS official said today. In general, DHS will look to industry for new services and augmenting existing ones and for help with analytics and operations, the official added.

Michael Brown, DHS’ deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications, said operational requirements for DHS' CNCI efforts have been developed and will be reviewed by the department's leadership. He added that the operational requirements will inform DHS’ upcoming CNCI-related acquisitions.

Once the program is approved, DHS will be able to better articulate its expectations and needs to vendors, Brown said at a breakfast hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s chapter in Bethesda, Md.

Brown said he understands there has been tremendous interest from the vendor community regarding the initiative and he encouraged interested parties to send e-mail messages to civendorinfo@dhs.gov for more information.

DHS was given a leading role in the CNCI, a governmentwide effort President Bush implemented by signing a presidential directive in January.

Although much of the initiative is classified, officials say DHS is responsible for securing the government’s civilian .gov network, running the National Cybersecurity Center (NCSC) and to coordinate with the private sector to protect critical infrastructure. The NCSC is meant to improve coordination across the government's civilian, military and intelligence domains.

In a related development, on Oct. 14, as part of the CNCI, the National Science Foundation issued a request for information in the Federal Register on behalf of the National Coordination Office (NCO) for Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) seeking input on potential leap-ahead cybersecurity technologies.

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.