Leidos’ Rob Zitz: DHS Taking a Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Zitz_Rob_smallRob Zitz, senior vice president and chief systems architect at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), has observed that the Department of Homeland Security is moving toward a proactive model to secure cyber systems, he told Federal News Radio in an interview Thursday.

Zitz highlighted DHS’ continuous monitoring and diagnostics initiative during a question-and-answer session with radio station host Francis Rose.

According to Zitz, the CDM program is designed to support cybersecurity at smaller agencies as well as sophisticated computing tasks across the government.

He believes that federal agencies should leverage big data and analytics technology to help them identify attack vectors and prevent threats from entering their networks.

He noted that systems used to manage power, transportation and water systems are vulnerable to digital threats and attacks on these critical infrastructures could have economic and national security ramnifications.

Zitz cited a National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee report indicating that cyber management should cover organizational, employee bahavior and technology aspects.

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