Wednesday, March 25, 2009

U.S. Senator Asks DHS for Cyber Security Documents

Stephanie Condon writes on C|Net News:

The top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee is requesting detailed information, including financial figures, from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to explain why the department has been seemingly unable to fulfill its cybersecurity responsibilities.

In a letter sent to DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on Tuesday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that in light of the recent resignation of National Cybersecurity Center Director Rod Beckström, she would like DHS to send the Homeland Security Committee a number of documents to show how the department spent its $6 million NCSC budget and provided other means of support for the NCSC.

In a resignation letter turned in earlier this month, Beckström said, "the NCSC did not receive appropriate support inside DHS during the last administration to fully realize (its) vital role."

Collins said in her letter to Napolitano that she was very concerned by Beckström's assertion, especially given the authority the NCSC has been granted.

More here.


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