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DHS not prepared for cyberattacks, House committee chair says

DHS not prepared for cyberattacks, House committee chair says
DHS not prepared for cyberattacks, House committee chair says

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By Alice Lipowicz
October 13, 2008

The Homeland Security Department is severely behind schedule in its core 
mission of preparing for major cyberattacks, explosive attacks, natural 
disasters and other scenarios, according to Rep. Bennie Thompson 
(D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

Of eight planning scenarios and associated planning documents that are 
supposed to be the foundation of the National Response Framework, the 
department has completed only the first step of planning on a single 
scenario, Thompson wrote in an Oct. 9 letter to DHS Secretary Michael 

As of Sept. 23, the department had finished its strategic guidance 
document for explosive attacks, which was the only scenario for which 
that document was completed, said a spokesman for Thompson. Strategic 
plans, concepts of operation, and operational plans were not completed 
for any of the eight scenarios.

=E2=80=9CSince these planning scenarios are at the very core of the department=E2=80=99s 
mission, it is rather astonishing that these plans have not been 
completed,=E2=80=9D Thompson wrote.


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