DHS at Ten: Cybersecurity, Privacy, and What’s Ahead

TCP’s Senior Counsel Sharon Bradford Franklin recently authored a guest blog post  for the American Constitution Society. In the piece, Ms. Franklin discusses the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) present and future role in developing and implementing federal cybersecurity programs.

The post notes that currently, DHS’s two main responsibilities are to oversee and operate the EINSTEIN cybersecurity program, a program that protects civilian federal computer networks, and running, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, a cybersecurity pilot program establishing information sharing between the federal government and a group of defense contractors. Through these roles, DHS has developed a level of proficiency in protecting computer networks, both from the technical and the civil liberties perspectives. Although there is still room for improvement, DHS has proven itself to be the best agency to lead the federal government’s civilian cybersecurity operations.

As DHS begins its next decade, we expect DHS’s role in federal cybersecurity programs to grow and the challenges to privacy to be even greater as technology advances. The Constitution Project and other advocacy groups will continue to fight for the inclusion of robust privacy safeguards in all cybersecurity programs. To read the full ACS blog, click here.

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