Hurd: CIO, CISO picks vital for cybersecurity agenda

Hurd: CIO, CISO picks vital for cybersecurity agenda

President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for federal CIO will be an important part of preparing for his role in the White House and following through with his promises on cybersecurity, Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said at a Nov. 18 event.

“I think the Trump administration should know that the federal CIO is an important position, and you got to have someone who has experience and knowledge,” Hurd said at a Bipartisan Policy Center panel on cybersecurity in the new administration. He added, “I think Tony Scott has done a phenomenal job in that position.”

The role of chief information security officer will also prove to be pivotal, Hurd said. The first federal CISO, Gregory J. Touhill, started just this September.

Hurd also noted the importance of building security into technology, which has been recommended in newly released National Institute of Standards and Technology  and by other experts, and said the government should be wary of stifling innovation as it regulates technology.

“The fear is that technology is changing so fast that you’re going to put a regulatory environment in and stifle innovation and entrepreneurship,” he said. “There is a balance; no one is saying you should have zero regulations,” but the market should be making the big decisions with regard to how security is handled.

Steven Weber, the faculty director at University of California’s Berkeley Center for Long Term Cybersecurity, told Hurd that he should not always listen to this “innovation” line used by industry to skirt regulation.

“You folks have given us a free pass when we use the word ‘innovation,’” Weber said. “You’ve got to stop doing that.”

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Matt Leonard is a former reporter for GCN.

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