By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law
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
"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
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