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DHS launches trio of IT security groups

The Homeland Security Department has formed three new organizations to strengthen federal IT defenses and coordinate responses to systems threats. In an exclusive interview, DHS National Cyber Security Division director Amit Yoran said the groups give cybersecurity officials a method for meeting in person as well as in online collaboration environments. So far, “the most obvious lesson learned is there’s a great desire to collaborate, to work together to help one another,” he said. Yoran outlined the roles of the three new units: The Government Forum of Incident Response Teams, or G-FIRST, is made up of frontline systems chiefs. It includes officials from the 24-hour watch center within Yoran’s division, the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, the Pentagon and civilian agencies. The Chief Information Security Officers Forum was created “to share information about programs that are successful and ones that are challenged and need assistance.” Its members are senior officials designated to oversee each agency’s cybersecurity and make sure agencies meet the mandates of the Federal Information Security Management. Full Story

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