Wednesday, March 11, 2009

DHS Unfit to Run National Cybersecurity, Experts Say

(From Security Management)The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not up to the task of protecting the nation's cybersecurity , and a comprehensive, coordinated strategy for cybersecurity should instead be run out of the White House, public and private sector experts told lawmakers Tuesday.

The hearing before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the House Homeland Security Committee comes half-way through the National Security Council's 60-day review of the federal cybersecurity mission ordered by President Barack Obama.

If the hearing today is any indicator, the review conducted by the NSC's senior director Melissa Hathaway will not be favorable.

Witnesses roundly criticized the federal government’s effectiveness under the Bush Administration in protecting the country’s cyberinfrastructure from crime, espionage, and cyberattacks.

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