DHS is finalizing plans to open a "satellite office" in Silicon Valley that will work with tech companies to improve cyber security and recruit people to work for the government.
Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said: "We want to strengthen critical relationships in Silicon Valley and ensure that the government and the private sector benefit from each other’s research and development," Johnson said in a keynote speech to the RSA Conference. "And we want to convince some of the talented workforce here in Silicon Valley to come to Washington."
"Our inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges. In fact, encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity, and potential terrorist activity," Johnson said. He asked companies to work with the government to find "a solution to this dilemma" that would "take full account of the privacy rights and expectations of the American public, the state of the technology, and the cybersecurity of American businesses."