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INTERESTING Commentary from DHS via Government Information Security

Top DHS Official Questions Creation of New Infosec Bureaucracy
June 15, 2010 – Eric Chabrow, Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity.com

The Obama administration declined to endorse a comprehensive cybersecurity bill introduced in the Senate last week, and questioned one of its main provisions to create a new cybersecurity bureaucracy in the Department of Homeland Security.

Philip Reitinger, DHS deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Tuesday that the administration’s review of the bill isn’t complete – he wouldn’t give a timetable on when it would be finished – and thanked the sponsors for having so much faith in DHS to lead government cybersecurity activities. But he questioned provisions in the bill to create a new component within DHS that would focus on cybersecurity at a time the department seeks to address jointly physical and virtual threats.