DNI nominee lists cybersecurity as priority

Dennis Blair, President Barack Obama’s nominee as the country’s top intelligence official, said today cybersecurity would be a priority during his tenure.

During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee to be director of national intelligence, Blair emphasized the role that the intelligence community -– in particular the National Security Agency –- had in protecting networks. He also stressed the need for the government officials to work with the private sector and share expertise on cybersecurity.

“It’s a crew race,” he said. “The offense pulls ahead -– you find out -– then the defense pulls ahead. We’ve got to keep stroking, faster, better, with more teamwork.”

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence plays a central roll in coordinating the government’s Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative and Mike McConnell, the outgoing director of national intelligence, recently said cybersecurity was “the soft underbelly of this country.”

About the Author

Ben Bain is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

Featured

  • FCW Perspectives
    human machine interface

    Your agency isn’t ready for AI

    To truly take advantage, government must retool both its data and its infrastructure.

  • Cybersecurity
    secure network (bluebay/Shutterstock.com)

    Federal CISO floats potential for new supply chain regs

    The federal government's top IT security chief and canvassed industry for feedback on how to shape new rules of the road for federal acquisition and procurement.

  • People
    DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, shown here at her Nov. 8, 2017, confirmation hearing. DHS Photo by Jetta Disco

    DHS chief Nielsen resigns

    Kirstjen Nielsen, the first Homeland Security secretary with a background in cybersecurity, is being replaced on an acting basis by the Customs and Border Protection chief. Her last day is April 10.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.