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Huawei security chief: We can help keep U.S. safe from 'Net threats

Ellen Messmer | Nov. 9, 2012
The chief security officer of Huawei, the Chinese company recently flagged by Congress as a national security threat, says the network equipment maker could actually help the United States defend itself against malicious Internet traffic.

John Streufert, director of the National Cybersecurity Division at the Department of Homeland Security, said offensive cybersecurity is the responsibility of the military in the U.S., and he said if citizens see specific threat problems they should report them.

But during a session later in the day, Streufert also described a long-planned DHS program called Continuous Monitoring. Coming soon will be a contract solicitation for managed security services called Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, including cloud-based services, to protect civilian federal agencies' data from stealthy attacks.

The Continuous Monitoring concept calls for a layer of sensors and scanners to check hardware and software used by the federal government for vulnerabilities.

A project expected to take the federal government a few years to complete, it would include a security dashboard view managed by Continuous Monitoring service providers that would likely be shared at the agency department level. Streufert called it a "cyberscope" for the federal agencies.

Streufert said the goal is to get the agencies away from the hugely expensive paper-based vulnerability reports they generate today that are seen as inefficient and untimely. The program could extend as well to state and local government agencies, he said, for an estimated total of up to 25 million seats.

 

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