Five Critical Cyber Questions For The Next DHS Chief

Jessica R. Herrera-Flanigan | Nextgov | July 12, 2013

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement today that she plans to leave the department raises interesting questions for what is next for the government's cybersecurity efforts. She, along with recently-departed Deputy Secretary Jane Hall Lute, dedicated a significant amount of resources and time to making cybersecurity a priority for DHS.  

This effort, which began under her predecessor Michael Chertoff, showed DHS moving from its toddler years in cyber to its teenage years --  maturing, but at times a bit awkward and still trying to find its place with Congress and the private sector. Like with many teenagers, DHS has spent time showing others that it has grown up and should be treated like other adults on cyber.