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White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role




White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role
White House may relieve DHS of cybersecurity role



http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10225415-38.html 

By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law 
CNET News
April 22, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO -- The federal official overseeing a 60-day review of the 
U.S. government's cybersecurity efforts indicated Wednesday that the 
final report recommends shifting more responsibilities to the White 
House.

"It provides the president with recommendations for a White House 
organizational structure that can effectively address cyberspace-related 
issues," Melissa Hathaway, acting cyberspace director for the White 
House's National Security and Homeland Security councils, said at the 
RSA computer security conference here.

At the moment, a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security 
coordinates nonmilitary cybersecurity activities and is responsible for 
building a national "response system" for online attacks and creating a 
"risk management program" for critical infrastructure.

Hathaway said her report--which has not yet been made public--was 
finished on Friday and has been sent to President Obama for his 
approval.


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