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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