Sen. Whitehouse suggests centralized federal cyber IG

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) proposed Monday the creation of a cybersecurity czar whose office would oversee the actions of the various federal agency inspector general (IG) offices ensuring each is performing at optimum levels.

Whitehouse said in a June 6 speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that a centralized IG office would not only help protect federal systems, but its mere presence could goad the individual agency IGs into upping their game so as to not be embarrassed if the overarching IG found a problem with their security preparations.

"A single, specialized office dedicated to federal cybersecurity, with authority to do white-hat tests of agency security, could attract world-class talent and would spur federal agencies to keep pace in the cyber arms race against hackers," Whitehouse said, according to The Hill.

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