George Washington University & IBM Start Cyber, Homeland Security Task Forces

partnershipGeorge Washington University and IBM have established four task forces to support GWU’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security unit’s efforts to deliver research and analysis on cyber, homeland security and counterterrorism policies.

John Lainhart and Christopher Ballister from the IBM Center for the Business of Government wrote in a blog post published Friday that CCHS works to address cyber and homeland security threats through the collaboration of U.S. and international policymakers, governments, industry members and academia.

A group of CCHS senior fellows, subject matter experts as well as policy advisory committee and board members compose the task forces for cybersecurity, counterterrorism and intelligence, homeland security strategy and emerging threats as well as preparedness and infrastructure resilience.

“[Discussions] are ongoing about how we can work together in future activities that can help government move forward in developing solutions that promote predictive security intelligence,” Lainhart and Ballister said.

Lainhart, the U.S. public sector cybersecurity and privacy service area leader at IBM, serves on the CCHS board.

Ballister, an associate partner at IBM’s global business services segment, is a CCHS senior fellow and part of the center’s project to establish an active defense task force.

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