Cyber Security Gets Limelight in DHS Reorg

Elevating the bureaucratic status of cyber security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is part of DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff's sweeping reforms announced Wednesday.

Currently, cyber security is coordinated at DHS by the director of the National Cyber Security Division, which resides in the department's Infrastructure Protection Directorate. The technology industry has long complained cyber security deserves equal billing with physical security.

Under Chertoff's plan, a new Assistant Secretary for Cyber security and Telecommunications will be responsible for identifying and assessing the vulnerability of critical telecommunications infrastructure and assets.

In addition, the new office will be charged with providing "timely, actionable and valuable" threat information and leading the national response to cyber and telecommunications attacks.

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