By Kelly Jackson Higgins
June 17, 2010
Cybersecurity initiatives will always be distributed efforts, which is
what makes the cybersecurity czar's position so crucial, according to
the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity director.
"This is not a command and control environment," says Philip Reitinger,
who is director of the National Cybersecurity Center at DHS, in an
interview today. "DoD has key responsibilities, DHS has key
responsibilities, and so do the Department of Commerce and NIST, which
is part of Commerce. And there are multiple entities in the private
sector [with responsibilities as well]."
With the flurry of activity on Capitol Hill these days over
cybersecurity legislation and the recent formation of the U.S. Cyber
Command, the U.S.'s cybersecurity policy and efforts are getting
difficult to pin down. But Reitinger says that's where Howard Schmidt,
the Obama administration's cybersecurity coordinator, comes in.
"Cybersecurity has always been distributed and will remain distributed,"
Reitinger says. "You have to be able to work this in a highly
distributed way with full coordination, and that's why Howard's office
is so important."
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