Magazine article Security Management

DHS Still Struggling with Cybersecurity

Magazine article Security Management

DHS Still Struggling with Cybersecurity

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THE DEPARTMENT of Homeland Security (DHS) has "a lot of work ahead" before it fully addresses its cybersecurity-related responsibilities, according to a recent report to Congress by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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The report highlights the problems that DHS faces in fulfilling its responsibilities in protecting the cyber elements of the national critical infrastructure. For example, it has not developed national threat and vulnerability assessments, and it is having continued "difficulties in developing partnerships" with other agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector.

Another weakness noted by the GAO auditors is that DHS has no "government/industry contingency recovery plans for cybersecurity, including a plan for recovering key Internet functions" in the event of a major disruption.

The GAO does note DHS's qualified successes. For example, its National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) is "a national focal point for addressing cybersecurity issues" that has "taken steps to develop partnerships and information-sharing mechanisms" with groups such as ISACs. …

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