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A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House

A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House
A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House 

By Stephanie Condon
Politics and Law 
March 20, 2009

Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from 
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White 
House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry 
groups and some conservatives.

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay 
Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an 
Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive 
Office of the President. That office would receive the power to 
disconnect, if it believes they're at risk of a cyberattack, "critical" 
computer networks from the Internet.

"I regard this as a profoundly and deeply troubling problem to which we 
are not paying much attention," Rockefeller said a hearing this week, 
referring to cybersecurity.

Giving the White House cybersecurity responsibility was one of the top 
recommendations of a commission that produced a report last year to 
advise President Obama on cybersecurity issues. However, the Homeland 
Security Department, which currently has jurisdiction over 
cybersecurity, has insisted the reshuffling of duties is not needed.


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