Senator Joe Lieberman Wants Head of Cyber Security to Reside in White House

Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman of Conneticut is set to propose a bill that would make the lead security post for the U.S. government a Presidential nominee approved by the Senate and accountable to Congress. This is in sharp contrast to the proposed hierarchy laid out by the ranking Republican leader of the Homeland Security panel, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who views the position as residing in the DHS, said Ed O’Keefe on his Federal Eye blog. Read the full story   [Washington Post]

DHS Set to Announce Cyber Merger

In what could mark a major improvement to the nation’s ability to defend itself against cyber threats, the Department of Homeland Security will announce Friday that the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team will merge with the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications.The two groups — now separated by two floors — will now be co-located and will operate jointly. It’s an interesting pairing, putting the public-private CERT together with the NCC, an interagency group of 22 Federal departments and agencies first created by President Kennedy in the aftermath of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Read the full story [Colin Clark/DoD Buzz] 

Richard Clarke, a former top adviser on information security and terrorism in the Bush White House, is calling for Barack Obama to initiate an open public dialogue on the use of offensive and defensive information warfare capabilities and what the consequences of a cyberwar could be for the country.

President Barack Obama has nominated Caryn
Wagner to be the Homeland Security Department s intelligence chief, a
position that oversees information technology systems designed to share
information with federal, state and local officials.

Q&A: Bruce Schneier

CNet’s Elinor Mills has produced an interesting Q&A interview with security guru Bruce Schneier where the cryptographer pokes fun at the National Cyber Security Month, talks about his
background in crypto and working for the U.S. Defense Department, and
says he fears privacy invasion more from marketers than governments or
criminals.  Read the full interview []

A new report by a Washington policy think tank dismisses out of hand the idea that terrorist groups are currently launching cyber attacks and says that the recent attacks against U.S. and South Korean networks were not damaging enough to be considered serious incidents.

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