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Evaluating the cybersecurity plan and the role of a federal CISO

Patricia TitusIn this episode of the IT Compliance Advisor, Associate Editor Alexander B. Howard interviews Patricia Titus about the Obama Administration’s cybersecurity plan, the creation of a federal CISO and where policy might move in the coming months. Titus was formerly chief information security officer at the Transportation Security Administration within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.


When you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear Titus’ views on:

  • What’s new in the cybersecurity plan?
  • Why is it taking a while to name a cybersecurity coordinator?
  • Where is the U.S. CISO?
  • What would be the top challenges of a U.S. CISO, should one be appointed?
  • What are the elemental needs for implementing cybersecurity across government agencies?
  • How do the Rockefeller-Snowe Bill (S.773) and ICE Act fit into cybersecurity strategy?
  • What would ramping up the nation’s offensive capabilities in cyberwar mean?
  • What do compliance officers and CISOs need to think about this fall?

Note: Our colleague Mike Mimoso also interviewed Titus about the Obama cybersecurity plan in June for Security Wire Weekly, when the strategy was first released. The episode also features security luminary Howard Schmidt and Paul Kocher, chief scientist of Cryptography Research.

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