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Chertoff Says Cyber Threat Increasing

December 20, 2008

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
ABC News
“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.”

US Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Michael ...
Michael Chertoff, Director, Homeland Security says cyber security is an ever increasing problem.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Chertoff Urges Tighter U.S. Security, Cites Mumbai

December 6, 2008

The Nov. 26 terrorist attacks on Mumbai underscore the need for U.S. authorities to counter the security threat posed by small boats, strengthen the U.S. Coast Guard and keep the Federal Emergency Management Agency within the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Michael Chertoff said yesterday.

US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff speaks to reporters ...

 From the Washington Post

A pending FBI and DHS analysis of last week’s raid in which terrorists apparently approached the coastal Indian city in a stolen fishing boat and rubber dinghies before killing at least 171 people contains “no great revelations,” the homeland security secretary said. That’s because U.S. intelligence officials in 2007 identified dangers posed by the reemergence of terrorist safe havens in South Asia and have long fretted about the exploitation of increasingly sophisticated consumer technology such as Global Positioning System devices and cellular and satellite phones, he said.

The U.S. government claimed authority to prosecute suspects in the attacks, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said elsewhere in Washington, because the victims include six Americans.

In remarks to reporters that took on a valedictory tone, Chertoff said the Mumbai attacks emphatically confirm the need for high-quality intelligence and effective emergency response. The Bush administration’s longest-serving secretary, Chertoff also credited the administration for the absence of a domestic terrorist attack since September 2001, and he took a final shot at critics.

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