Trump’s DHS pick urges more coordination on cyberthreats

As the Trump transition team – including the president-elect himself -- warms to the intelligence community's assessment on Russian election hacking, Homeland Security nominee looks to build bridge with IT industry to fight cyberthreats.

By Kenneth Corbin
Jan. 13, 2017

"Three, four, five years ago we talked about [how] the United States would not have a peer competitor in cyber for 20 years or 25 years," Kelly said. "Now we know that we have some pretty darn close to peer competitors."

Kelly praised outgoing Defense Secretary Ash Carter's outreach to the private sector --particularly Silicon Valley -- at the outset of his tenure leading the Pentagon, holding up that program of public-private engagement as a model for how DHS might approach cyberthreats under his leadership.

"There's unbelievable ... talent out there in the civilian sector, and I think at this point in time everyone realizes that it's in everyone's interest -- whether it's personal security or corporate security, certainly U.S. security -- everyone realizes, I think, that working together makes an awful lot of sense," he said. "More cooperation amongst the private sector and the federal sector, the state sector -- I think that would go a long way."

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