By Kim Zetter
March 10, 2009
The government's national cybersecurity efforts would be in "grave
peril" if they were dominated by the intelligence community, said Amit
Yoran, former head of the Department of Homeland Security's National
Cyber Security Division.
Yoran told the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity,
Science and Technology on Tuesday that although the Department of
Homeland Security, which currently oversees the government's
cybersecurity efforts, has demonstrated "inefficiency and leadership
failure" in its cyber efforts, moving the cyber mission to the National
Security Agency, as the Director of Intelligence recently advised
Congress, "would be ill-advised" due to the agency's lack of
Yoran, who served at one time as CEO of In-Q-Tel, the venture capital
arm of the Central Intelligence Agency, said a cyber program overseen by
the NSA would be over-classified and lack adequate oversight and review,
which is needed to gain the trust of the public and private-sector
partners who will be needed to secure the nation's infrastructure.
"One of the hard lessons learned from the Terrorist Surveillance
Program, is that such a limited review can lead to ineffective legal
vetting of a program," Yoran said. "The cyber mission cannot be plagued
by the same flaws as the TSP."
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