Back in early March of this year, I was honored to speak with Jeanette Manfra after the National Cyber Security Alliance’s annual luncheon at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
Manfra is the assistant director for Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). During the luncheon, which highlighted DHS activities, she described CISA’s current actions and future vision in a “fireside chat” with NCSA Executive Director Kelvin Coleman.
This was the second time I’ve heard Manfra speak, and on both occasions she was clear, articulate, and spoke with passion, expertise and personal stories that reminded me of similar conversations with former DHS cyber leaders like Phyllis Schneck and Mark Weatherford.
When we talked after that event, Manfra (and her team) agreed to be interviewed “on the record” for my blog on a wide-ranging list of cybertopics. I am pleased to offer you that interview here.
Before we start the interview, you can get a sense of Jeanette Manfra’s speaking style by watching this Washington Post video excerpt from an interview in 2017.
At DHS, Manfra has held multiple positions in the Cybersecurity Division, including advisor to the assistant secretary for Cybersecurity and Communications and deputy director of the Office of Emergency Communications, during which time she led the department’s efforts in establishing the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. You can see her professional biography here.
Exclusive Interview Between Jeanette Manfra and Dan Lohrmann
Dan Lohrmann (DL): What are the greatest cyberthreats facing our nation in 2019?
Jeanette Manfra (JM): Cyberthreats to federal networks and critical infrastructure are one of our most pressing national security challenges. We have seen advanced persistent threat actors, including cybercriminals, nation states and their proxies, increase the frequency and sophistication of malicious cyberactivity. They are developing and (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/cyber-security-whats-next-for-the-us-department-of-homeland-security.html