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January 14, 2008

Cybersecurity Plans Subject of Panel Discussion

Filed under: Cybersecurity,Events — by Jonah Czerwinski on January 14, 2008

Readers recall the November 8 post that cited a White House move to secure $436 million for cybersecurity initiatives. There’s been little news about the development since, but I’m hoping to glean more details on the 24th.

The president sent his request to Speaker Pelosi on November 6th explaining the requested budget change. Its unclear if the new cyber initiative will reside wholly at the Department of Homeland Security, the intel community, or at DOD. Each has a stake, to be sure, but it depends on how cybersecurity is defined. Are we interested in securing the private sector-owned cyber infrastructure (DHS)? Will we emphasize the use of the internet as a source of secrets and detecting plots (IC)? Or are we protecting government assets and countering attacks on them (DOD)?

We may get some light shed on the subject when Jessica Herrera-Flanigan, Staff Director at the House Homeland Security Committee, and Andy Purdy, former Director of DHS’s National Cyber Security Division speak over breakfast on January 24th as part of the “Cyberspace and Homeland Security: Vulnerability and Opportunity” event at Crowell & Moring, 1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

RSVP for the event with organizer Gordon Platt via gplatt@gothammediaventures.com

The event runs from 8-930 and is moderated by Scott Greiper, Managing Director of investment firm Legend Merchant Group, Inc. Gordon has two other panelists lined up: David Bodenheimer, a Partner at Crowell & Moring who focuses on government, and Jody Westby, the CEO of Global Cyber Risk.

I’ll be on travel, so I’ll rely on you all to tell me how it goes. Email me with input (jonah.hlswatch [at] gmail [dot] com).

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January 15, 2008 @ 8:43 am

[…] and some of the unique characteristics of the plan that invoke privacy concerns. As noted in yesterday’s post, the President requested $436 million to fund cybersecurity initiatives likely to be driven by this […]

Comment by William R. Cumming

January 16, 2008 @ 1:25 pm

I think it is time that another specific appropriation act be developed. It would aggregate and distribute IT appropriations for all departments and agencies. It could also have a classified annex. Just as the budget codes are obsolete, such as 800 for general government and 045 for state and local government, IT could lead the way for budget reform and development of the so-called infrastructure investment budget so many policy makers have called for. R&D for IT and cyber security should also be included in this government-wide appropriation. A special IT procurement corps could leverage the Fort Lesley McNair IT university for government wide application. There are some estimates that DHS has spent almost $25B destroying legacy systems inherited from predecessor organizations and trying (but generally failing) to establish new ones to replace them. This is outrageous. Also Congress should create a new Joint Committee on IT just as it once did for Defense Production.

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