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July 8, 2015

DHS Secretary Johnson talks about cybersecurity

Filed under: Cybersecurity — by Arnold Bogis on July 8, 2015

Considering the cyber-events of the day – the Wall Street Journal’s website going down; the majority (if not all) of United Airline flights grounded due to a reported “router” issue; and the New York Stock Exchange ceasing trading for almost four hours due to “technical difficulties” – Secretary Johnson’s address at the Washington think tank CSIS was more than a little timely.

He didn’t seem to say anything terribly new, but anyone who follows this space more closely than I (which wouldn’t be hard…) please feel free to correct me.


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Comment by Vicki Campbell

July 8, 2015 @ 5:35 pm

I just have a hard time believing it was all coincidental.

I’m just sayin…

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 9, 2015 @ 6:17 am

CIP [Critical Infrastructure Protection] meaning really Cyber Security after the PCCIP [President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection] issued September 1997 was reason Number 2 for creating DHS. Almost 20 years on from that report and PD-63!

Wondering how many DHS Secretaries given the 1997 before confirmation or after to read. And members of Congress? Remember US Senators Bennett and Kyle? The mandated the Commission. And worried about Y2K! The largest single PREPAREDNESS effort in USA history other than WAR but little studied and little remembered. Perhaps as much as $400B spent on that effort by hook or by crook. REMEMBER THE DOTCOM BUBBLE? No one focused on the Y2K effort as a factor IMO!

No real governance now just collecting campaign funds from the RENTIER CLASS!

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 9, 2015 @ 6:26 am

What JJ should have used his speech to announce: DHS funding, staffing, and policy formulation will be totally redirected from PHYSICAL SECURITY MEASURES except for those protecting CIP nodes like SCADA to Cyber Security. This recognizes the recommendations of the PCCIP report of September 1997.

And TSA will no longer focus on Airline Security but instead focus on AIRPORT SECURITY including CIP!

Comment by Christopher Tingus

July 9, 2015 @ 10:41 am

Oh…the billions spent on security while we have a divisive government affording as many entitlements and to the felons, safe haven! How wonderful American has evolved especially since the early ’80’s when the special interest groups and the self-serving politicians and their agenda,, despite pledge in oath to office and to uphold the Constitution and our Judeo-Christian values….

Oh…the billions of federal reserve notes spent and for those on the inside and truly patriotic and always rallying to get something really done, to their chagrin, the corruptness of the system and mankind, cyber security so poorly addressed and while accolades to the IT/software development team just down the street from the Pentagon who is striving to do their best in meeting the demands….yet, we are ever so vulnerable!

“He didn’t seem to say anything terribly new” – ya betcha as there is little really being addressed and while the facade portrays a strengthened cyber security, the real story, a disgrace and an embarrassment that this great nation in this 21st century who does not need an ever imposing government can indeed via the private enterprise and resilience, the entrepreneurial spirit in America, We can truly address cyber security, however to date, a dismal failure for the most part for sure….we cannot even keep the personal and professional profiles of our government agencies from the hackers yet we take intel opportunity away from our real patriot at the NSA and other agencies and willingly ask private industry to safeguard private information – what a charade!

God Bless America!

To the media and Donald Trump, while you believe all your bashing of anyone other than your Queen Hillary who restrains you with rope and how dare you stand behind such restraints so willingly…well, you too are accountable as are the politicians for not properly reporting and in the case in SF and other cases, these criminals are now everywhere and it is not to difficult to recall even DHS allowing known convicts to walk among us so it is quite evident we have little trust in the few words DHS chooses to release….what a pity!

So many have given Life or limb and in such a dangerous world, all it seems we can talk about is the color of skin and a Confederate Flag when in fact, we are being hacked, TSA is not getting the job done, the border remains open and so on and so forth….no one so many are so insecure and distrust government like never before….

Christopher Tingus
Innovative Global Technologies
Washington, DC 20006 USA

Comment by William R. Cumming

July 11, 2015 @ 6:25 am

OPM Head resigns as now hack indicates 25M files compromised.

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