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Senate committee demands DHS explain alleged lack of support for cybersecurity office




Senate committee demands DHS explain alleged lack of support for cybersecurity office
Senate committee demands DHS explain alleged lack of support for cybersecurity office



http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&taxonomyName=security&articleId=9130519 

By Jaikumar Vijayan
March 25, 2009 
Computerworld

The Senate Homeland Security Committee's senior-most Republican is 
asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to explain why the National Cyber 
Security Center (NCSC), set up within the department last year, has 
seemingly been marginalized by the agency.

In a March 23 letter addressed to Napolitano, Sen. Susan Collins 
(R-Maine) also demanded a detailed explanation from the DHS on how the 
$6 million that had been set aside for the NCSC last year had been 
spent. Collins said the letter was prompted by concern over several 
assertions made by former director Rod Beckstrom when he quit his job 
earlier this month.

In his resignation letter, Beckstrom said that the NCSC had not received 
appropriate support from within the DHS and had received just five 
weeks' worth of funding over all of last year. He also said that the 
NCSC had faced various roadblocks that appeared to have been 
intentionally engineered from within the DHS and the White House Office 
of Management and Budget. Beckstrom also pointed to what he said were 
growing attempts by the National Security Agency (NSA) to wrest control 
of the NCSC as a reason for his resignation.

Pointing to the comments, Sen. Collins said the Senate Committee needed 
to understand more fully "how and why the NCSC was allegedly 
marginalized," despite the prominent role in cybersecurity that had been 
envisaged for it when the office was first created. Collins pointed to a 
letter written by former DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff last June 
describing the NCSC as the "single location for all-source situation 
awareness about cybersecurity" across government.

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