Following a two-day wargame exercise on cyber-security issues, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff today said that no one person should be in charge of cyber-security, despite the growing and emerging future threats.
By Jason Ryan
“As we look at this threat, [it] is clearly only intensifying over time,” Chertoff said. “A system where one agency sits over everything, military and civilian, is not usually one that has been regarded favorably by the American public.”
Chertoff urged that the existing cyber-security strategy developed and shared by the Pentagon, Homeland Security and the FBI be continued by the incoming Obama administration. “I’m sure this is going to be a major area of focus of the new administration,” he told the Cyber Strategic Inquiry 2008 Conference in Washington, D.C., which was organized by the government consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and Business Executives for National Security. “And we obviously want to work with them to help them get the benefit of what we’ve done and whatever advice they seek from us.”
Michael Chertoff, Director, Homeland Security says cyber security is an ever increasing problem.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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