Today’s columnist, Steve Durbin of the Information Security Forum, offers advice to Chris DeRusha the new federal CISO. Durbin says the Biden administration has a great opportunity to work with the broader security community towards fostering security awareness and the need to protect data privacy. TomLohdan CreativeCommons Credit: CC BY 2.0

News that the Biden-Harris team seeks congressional approval for an enormous spending plan that includes some $9 billion for IT and cybersecurity and also just named a federal chief information security officer (CISO) offers some welcome hope.

Underfunded federal agencies are long overdue for an upgrade to modernize technology infrastructures and safeguard sensitive data. There have been some very worrying breaches in federal government that have exposed personal data –most recently the SolarWinds hack – and it’s an urgent issue.

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