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September 16, 2009 at 11:47 am #80709
By Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs
Cyber Attacks: Protecting Industry Against Growing Threats
Monday, September 14, 2009
Dirksen Senate Office Building, room 342
View 139 minute hearing
* Robert O. Carr [view testimony]
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.
* William B. Nelson [view testimony]
President and Chief Executive Officer Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center
* Michael P. Merritt [view testimony]
Assistant Director, Office of Investigations, U.S. Secret Service U.S. Department of Homeland Security
* Philip R. Reitinger [view testimony]
Deputy Under Secretary, National Protection and Programs Directorate U.S. Department of Homeland Security
September 16, 2009 at 11:48 am #80716
September 16, 2009 at 12:12 pm #80714
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From Bloomberg News
Homeland Security to More Than Double Staff for Cyber Threats
By Jeff Bliss
Sept. 14 (Bloomberg) — 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.
Reitinger also said that by the end of the year various units that work on tracking computer attacks will be located in one facility. Private-sector, state and local government officials will have access to the facility to share tips about threats, he said.
Coordination is important and also should involve foreign governments when possible, said Senator Joseph Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who heads the committee.
“Together, business, government, law enforcement and our foreign allies must partner to mitigate these attacks and bring these criminals to justice,” he said.
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