Trump Homeland Pick and Cyber Role

One former senior Bush administration DHS official told CyberScoop that Kelly should “aggressively fight to be a leader on cyber,” in the new Cabinet. “DHS needs to build relevant programs that have value to its private-sector partners,” said James Norton, now president of his own consultancy Play-Action Strategies.

Kelly’s background could “immediately help to build bridges with the DOD and intelligence community agencies that are more organized and better funded when it comes to cybersecurity,” added Norton.

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James Norton in Politico, What New DHS Boss Means for Cyber

His experience in the military is a good thing for DHS on cyber, because DHS needs credibility both within [the] federal bureaucracy and [the] private sector,” said James Norton, a former deputy assistant secretary at the department. Norton said DHS had a hard time persuading other agencies to adopt its hacker detection system, Einstein, in part because of a perception that the young department simply wasn’t well-established. Coming from a department with a lengthier history, Kelly could help change that bias, Norton told

 

MC. Norton, now president and founder of Play-Action Strategies, also suggested the Coast Guard could benefit specifically. As a military service that last year unveiled its own cybersecurity strategy, the Coast Guard could have Kelly’s ear on the subject.

 

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James Norton in Reuters, Trump Cyber Transition Planning

James Norton, a former George W. Bush administration official who helped set up the Department of Homeland Security’s first cyber security team, said that Trump’s transition team may be waiting to move forward on the issue until after cabinet-level security posts are filled.

 

"Cyber will be a priority," said Norton, now president of Washington-based consulting firm Play-Action Strategies LLC. "There’s a little bit of fog, but I think that will clear once the names of the nominees are out."

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James Norton in CNN on Trump Cyber Plan

Protecting critical infrastructure, like the energy grid, is a job that already belongs to the Department of Homeland Security. Congress has spent years figuring that out during the Bush administration, said former DHS deputy assistant secretary James Norton.

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James Norton talks "Simple solution for hacked pols"

James Norton is tall and square-jawed, his burly build squeezed into a jet-black suit. He did a stint at the Department of Homeland Security in the shadows of 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and a raging conflict at the U.S.–Mexico border. Little scares him. But in his current job as founder and president of Play-Action Strategies, his battle arena is shifting, particularly in the wake of political leaks and the scrutiny of Hillary Clinton’s not-so-private server. 

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