By Jill R. Aitoro
The Homeland Security Department needs more money and employees to
support a planned increase in responsibility for governmentwide
cybersecurity, leading some security specialists to speculate that the
National Security Agency will continue to play a large role in federal
DHS will gradually take on a bigger role in securing civilian computer
networks against cyberattacks, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the department "will
become, in effect, the non-DoD locus for cybersecurity." Administration
officials said DHS will receive increases in funding and personnel to
support the increase in work, according to the article, which was
removed from the Washingtonpost.com Web site on Wednesday.
Homeland Security is capable of leading the cybersecurity effort for
civilian agencies only if it receives proper funding and staff, security
professionals said. "DHS is probably the best place to secure the
dot-gov networks, but it needs resources and people to do the job," said
James Lewis, director of the technology and public policy program at the
Center for Strategic and International Studies. "Right now, they have
about a third of what they need. If this is a serious effort, it has to
be fully supported."
In President Obama's fiscal 2010 budget request released on May 7, DHS
asked for $918 million to support the Office of Infrastructure
Protection, which coordinates efforts with industry to protect the
nation's critical industries, including transportation and energy
systems and the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
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