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Forward-Looking Cyber Activities Halted During Shutdown
During the State of the Net 2019 Conference, cybersecurity experts zeroed in on how the shutdown impacted not only the United States’ cybersecurity posture but also the Federal government’s cybersecurity workforce. Moira Bergin, director of the House Committee on Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection, said the shutdown couldn’t have come at a worse time for cybersecurity. She noted that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a dedicated component agency focused on cybersecurity within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), was operationalized in mid-November. Six weeks later, half of CISA’s employees were furloughed. She said that this meant all of the agency’s strategic planning on a wide range of topics, including botnets, election security, wasn’t happening.
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