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AT&T’s Chris Smith: New Cyber Laws Could Pave Way for Unified Threat Defense

AT&T's Chris Smith: New Cyber Laws Could Pave Way for Unified Threat Defense - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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Chris Smith

Chris Smith, vice president of technology for AT&T‘s government solutions business, has told Federal News Radio that five recently passed cybersecurity bills could help U.S. government agencies develop a unified approach to infrastructure security.

Smith told Francis Rose in an interview aired Tuesday that the Federal Information Security Modernization Act brings clarity about what roles federal agencies play in cyberspace operations.

He noted that a FISMA provision allows security incident reports to be shared among agencies in order to better protect their systems.

He added the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 aims to encourage collaboration between public and private sector organizations to develop new tools against computer threats.

Smith also believes cyber issues will not go away but said the new laws offer resources for the government to attract, train and retain top information technology professionals, according to the station.

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Written by Mary-Louise Hoffman

is a writer of news summaries about executive-level business activity in the government contracting sector. Her reports for ExecutiveBiz are focused on trends and events that drive the GovCon industry to include commercial technologies that private companies are developing for federal government use. She contributes news content to ExecutiveBiz’s sister sites GovCon Wire and ExecutiveGov.

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