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E-Commerce Times quotes Jamie Barnett about DHS unveiling a center to combat cyberthreats

On August 1, 2018, Jamie Barnett was quoted in the E-Commerce Times about the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) establishing the National Risk Management Center (NRMC), which is a new effort to combat cyberthreats.

NRMC will bring together government experts and industry partners by providing a single point of access to all government resources that can be used to defend the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyberthreats.

In remarks to the reporter, Mr. Barnett said, "Secretary Nielsen would certainly want to announce this now with the recent revelation of Russian hackers into the controls of several American companies that make up the energy grid."

Commenting on the existent information-sharing center, the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Center (NCCIC), Barnett explained, "NCCIC has been more of a coordinating and information sharing effort — the government will collate and provide you with information to help yourself. It sounds like NRMC is one step closer to a cyber firehouse, where DHS will actually provide direct assistance."

"As conceived, NRMC will focus and organize the federal government's efforts to provide the private sector operating critical infrastructure with actionable threat data," Barnett said. "This would be more than just a malware warning or patch. It sounds like DHS is willing to provide deeper information on threats, to include supply chain threats."