The Current State of DHS’ Efforts to Secure Federal Networks


This hearing will examine the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) current efforts in securing federal networks.  Members will hear from government witnesses regarding DHS’ programs that administer operational cyber capabilities across the federal government and assist federal agencies and departments in protecting their unclassified networks. The authorities for this DHS responsibility were updated in the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014, the National Cybersecurity Protection Act of 2014, and the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.  DHS must execute a ‘defense-in-depth’ strategy and provide capabilities and tools that are nimble and flexible enough to keep up with technological advances and the evolving cyber attacker.  This hearing provides an opportunity to learn about current progress and future plans for these critical programs to more effectively secure Federal IT systems.

Opening Statements

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman
Opening Statement

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), Subcommittee Chairman
Opening Statement

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Ms. Jeanette Manfra
Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Cybersecurity
National Protection and Programs Directorate
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Witness Testimony

Mr. Gregory C. Wilshusen
Information Security Issues
U.S. Government Accountability Office
Witness Testimony

Mr. Chris A. Jaikaran
Cybersecurity Policy
Congressional Research Service
Library of Congress
Witness Testimony

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