DHS plans to go on the offensive in cyberspace. Secretary Chertoff told a group of reporters last week, including CNN, that following Einstein 2.0, which monitors and reports cyber intrusions in real time, we can expect a version 3.0 to act “like an anti-aircraft weapon, shoot down an attack before it hits its target,” Chertoff said. “And that’s what we call Einstein 3.0.”
The Bush administration introduced a National Cyber Security Initiative in January that is to be carried out by DHS, Defense, the Intel Community, and others. The role for DHS – and the extent to which it would lead any part of the Initiative – is the subject of some uncertainty. The “most immediate component” of the National Cyber Security Initiative for DHS, Chertoff said, is to increase security for federal government computer systems.
Tomorrow, Secretary Chertoff convenes a group of us from the blogosphere to discuss the DHS role in the National Cyber Security Initiative. I intend to ask about how the Department plans to deal with the implications of an offensive approach to cybersecurity, considered an escalation by some, for DHS. There is a wide spectrum of productive activity in cyber security between simply monitoring attacks and conducting the (counter)attacks. However, I’d like to know DHS is looking at this entire spectrum.
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