An 18F for cyber? DHS CISO wants one

Jeff Eisensmith speaks Oct. 26 at Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Summit, presented by FedScoop. (FedScoop)


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Department of Homeland Security CISO Jeff Eisensmith wants the federal government to establish a team of cybersecurity experts akin to the General Services Administration’s 18F digital service team.

“We need to do the same thing we did with 18F and push that deeper into the cybersecurity realm,” he told CyberScoop on Thursday in a brief interview after his panel discussion at the Dell Technologies Digital Transformation Summit produced by FedScoop.

“18F brought higher pay and prestige” to government service, he said. “They recruited hard in high tech areas. That whole paradigm could work” in cybersecurity.

Eisensmith isn’t the first to call for such a team. 18F founder and former Director Greg Godbout did too last year.

Read about that and more on CyberScoop.

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