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April 18, 2009

Cyber-security short-stories

Filed under: Cybersecurity — by Philip J. Palin on April 18, 2009

The cyber-security review ordered by President Obama has been completed.  There is considerable speculation about who and/or what will emerge as the alpha-dog going forward.  The National Security Agency is thought by many to have the competence.  But last week’s admission of continuing problems at NSA with unauthorized intercepts undercuts that agency’s claim to leadership.  Proposed legislation would create a so-called cyber-czar in the White House.  Other aspects of the legislation — including a possible ability to “shut-down” the Internet — are beginning to attract critical attention from the technorati.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

April 18, 2009 @ 4:26 pm

Again hoping for release of the report and listing of who was involved in its preparation, what circulation for comments given, and especially important the consolidated and individual comments of DHS and its components assuming they were given a shot. Would seem that would be necessary since it was one of several principal rationales for creating the Department. Maybe its the rest of DHS that should leave DHS leaving FEMA in the rump state of DHS.Being facetious of course. But I would add both the FBI and DEA to DHS and shrink DOJ and the incompetent lawyer managers its had to lead it over the years. INS while in DOJ was the ultimate stepchild leaving DHS to sort out 4 decades of DOJ mis-management and even today without the full resources it had when in DOJ that DOJ kept for its own remainderman. Despite what GAO reports state, DOJ really made sure that DHS in recieveing DOJ assets got a bag of S—! For example the National Domestic Preparedness Office was sent to DHS without staff and funds.

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