DHS Asserts Agency's Leading Role in Cyber Security

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary Janet Napolitano announced the agency will assume the lead position in efforts to secure cyberspace.

In statements issued recently, Napolitano asserted that the federal government has domain over cybersecurity enforcement over and above the military, and that security efforts should not be left to the private sector.

"Cyberspace is fundamentally a civilian space. There are some who say cybersecurity should be left to the market, and there are some who characterize the Internet as a battlefield. Both the market and the battlefield analogies are the wrong ones to use. We should be talking about this as, fundamentally, a civilian space and a civilian benefit that employs partnerships with the private sector and across the globe."

The agency will continue efforts to strengthen partnerships with the military and other federal agencies, as well as work in conjunction with the private sector to innovate new defense apparati in the face of rapidly increasing threats.

More than three dozen bills are currently in different legislative stages, some of which seek to centralize cybersecurity leadership at a cabinet level position within the White House.

Napolitano's statements can be seen as an effort to ensure the agency is not marginalized in the legislative process.

Cybersecurity spending at the federal level is expected to increase dramatically over the next decade, and control of tens of billions in budgetary expenditures is still largely up for grabs.

Source:  http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=228800919

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