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MARKANY CYBER NAMES CHRIS CUMMISKEY CEO

Former DHS Official to Lead Innovative Cyber Company

Washington, DC, January 7, 2016– MarkAny Cyber, a leader in advanced data encryption, digital watermarking and secure mobile, has named former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) senior executive Chris Cummiskey as their new Chief Executive Officer. Read More


MOVING THE NEEDLE ON CYBERSECURITY IN 2016

With the proliferation of cyber-related solutions flooding the market, it can be a challenge for government leaders and corporate boards to know where to best place limited resources. In 2016, I expect these leaders to demand greater accountability from the cyber professionals in their organizations.  Read More


5 STEPS DHS CAN TAKE TO IMPROVE FEDERAL CYBERSECURITY
By Chris Cummiskey
July 9, 2015

Cybersecurity is king! It seems you can’t turn on the news or look at the Internet these days without hearing about ongoing cyber threats, bad actors or investments in new cyber technologies. Behind all the sensationalism is the reality that more and more individuals are actually being adversely impacted by an increasing number of breaches.

After six years in senior leadership at the Department of Homeland Security, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I received my notice from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding the status of my personally identifiable information (PII). It was all contained in the wide-ranging SF-86 form I filled out in 2009 to obtain my Top Secret clearance. Sure enough, it was a short wait.

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FEDERAL COMPUTER WEEK
CUMMISKEY AND OTHER CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS: OPM BREACH SHOWS EINSTEIN ISN'T ENOUGH

A cyberattack exposing the personally identifiable information of up to 4 million current and former federal employees has left the Office of Personnel Management reeling and security experts pondering how the damage might have been lessened.

The post-mortem analysis touches on two Department of Homeland Security programs -- known as Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) and Einstein -- that are the cornerstones of federal civilian cyber defense. To make the next hack of a federal agency less devastating, security experts say, these programs need to be complemented with tools such as encryption.

Details of how the hackers breached OPM are still emerging. A DHS spokesman said Einstein, an intrusion-detection program, was involved in the response to the breach, but CDM is a broader program whose direct role in responding to the cyberattack is much more difficult to measure. Nonetheless, security experts are using one of the largest-ever hacks of federal employee data as a teachable moment for cybersecurity policy.

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POSTAL WORKER'S GYROCOPTER STUNT DELIVERS URGENT MESSAGE

Editor’s note: Chris Cummiskey is a former acting Under Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and a regular contributor to the Federal Times where this article recently ran.

It has often been said that government is a reactive entity. Real change is slow to occur unless brought about by a major event or disaster. For example, the Department of Homeland Security, with its 22 components, 240,000 employees and $60 billion budget, would never have been pulled together by the Bush Administration and Congress without the tragedy of 9/11.

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GW CENTER FOR CYBER & HOMELAND SECURITY SELECTS CUMMISKEY AS SENIOR FELLOW

For Immediate Release: March 30, 2015

Washington DC--- The George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security (CCHS) has selected former DHS official Chris Cummiskey as a member of their new senior fellows program.

Until recently, Cummiskey served in the number three position at the Department of Homeland Security as the Under Secretary for Management (acting) and as the DHS Chief Acquisition Officer.

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