By Jaikumar Vijayan
May 4, 2009
Critics raised questions last week about the growing chorus of calls for
the White House to play a leading role in coordinating cybersecurity
efforts involving the federal government and key private-sector
For instance, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the ranking Republican on
the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, said at a hearing on
cybersecurity strategies that putting the White House in charge would
make it harder for Congress to oversee policies and budgets.
The president rightly should be responsible for "declaring [cyber] war,"
with input from Congress, Collins said. But for overall cybersecurity
leadership, she suggested that the government use as a model the
National Counterterrorism Center, which was set up in 2004. The NCTC is
part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, a setup
that allows Congress to play a role, Collins said.
Despite her concerns, a second bill that would give the White House more
control over security efforts was introduced in the Senate last week.
The measure proposed by Sen. Thomas Carper (D-Del.) would establish a
National Office for Cyberspace whose director would be appointed by and
report to the president.
LayerOne 2009, Information Security for the discerning professional.
May 23-24 2009 @ The Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, California
Visit http://layerone.info for more information