By Kelly Jackson Higgins
Feb 18, 2009
WASHINGTON -- BLACK HAT DC -- The United States is unprepared to respond
to a cyber-Katrina or cyberwarfare attack and must consider three
hot-button issues as the new administration formulates its cybersecurity
strategy: the role of the intelligence community, cyberweapons
deployment, and who should be in charge of the nation's response to a
cyberattack, said cybersecurity and homeland security expert Paul Kurtz
today during his keynote address here at Black Hat DC.
Kurtz, who worked on the Obama transition team but is not part of the
new administration, had been mentioned as a front-runner for a possible
cybersecurity czar position in the administration. Kurtz emphasized that
he was not speaking on behalf of the administration here, and he would
not discuss what recommendations he has given President Obama and his
"Who is in charge [in the event of] a cyber-Katrina?" said Kurtz, who
served on homeland security councils for both the Clinton and Bush
administrations and is now a security consultant with Good Harbor. "Is
it the FCC? DHS? Commerce? The White House? No one has an answer to
that, and that's pretty darn scary."
As the new administration fleshes out its policies for cybersecurity,
the industry should consider a topic that historically has been "a
little taboo." he says: "The militarization of cyberspace."
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