In the 2013 shutdown, DHS kept in operation anything related to safety of human life and protection of property. That ought to include cybersecurity, said Samuel Visner, senior vice president and general manager for ICF's cybersecurity business ICF International, an IT services firm whose work includes homeland security.
The operational or day-to-day efforts to protect the nation from attacks would continue. But a shutdown could diminish or delay development of new proposals, new systems, and payments to industrial partners working in these areas, said Visner.
"They may be consequences over the longer term," he said.
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