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Homeland Security to More Than Double Staff for Cyber Threats




Homeland Security to More Than Double Staff for Cyber Threats
Homeland Security to More Than Double Staff for Cyber Threats



http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid 601087&sid=ayDCHq5H0CH8 

By Jeff Bliss
Bloomberg
Sept. 14, 2009

The Department of Homeland Security plans by next year to more than 
double the number of employees in one of its cyber-security units, a 
department official said today.

The additional workers are needed because computer hackers are honing 
their skills and launching more attacks on businesses and consumers, 
said Philip Reitinger, deputy under secretary of the National Protection 
and Programs Directorate at DHS.

"We're dealing with an increasingly dynamic and threatening 
environment," he told the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and 
Governmental Affairs at a Washington hearing. 'Hackers' skills are 
rising across the board."

The panel held the hearing in the aftermath of highly publicized cyber 
crimes that have cost businesses and consumers millions of dollars. On 
Sept. 11, Albert Gonzalez, 28, pleaded guilty to leading an 
international criminal ring that stole 40 million credit and debit card 
records from U.S. retailers including TJX Cos., OfficeMax Inc. and BJ.s 
Wholesale Club Inc.

Prosecutors have called it the largest case of identity theft in U.S. 
history.

DHS plans to increase the National Cybersecurity Division workforce to 
260 from 111, Reitinger said. The division analyzes and responds to 
computer attacks on the government and companies that provide critical 
services such as electricity and phone transmission.

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