Mission 4: Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace

February 16, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Spending
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via Next Gov

In today’s Department of Homeland Security budget in brief, cybersecurityplays a significant role as the fourth of the agency’s six key missions, first identified in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review more than a year ago and elaborated on last summer in Bottom-Up Review.

According to the budget, the mission is as follows:

Mission 4: Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace — By statute and presidential directive, DHS has the lead for the Federal Government to secure civilian government computer systems and works with industry and state, local, tribal and territorial governments to secure critical infrastructure and information systems. DHS analyzes and reduces cyber threats and vulnerabilities; distributes threat warnings; and coordinates the response to cyber incidents to ensure that our computers, networks, and cyber systems remain safe.

In laying out its mission, DHS is very clear. It believes it is the lead for the federal government on civilian websites and it does not plan to cede that role anytime soon. In addition, DHS interestingly has moved the vocabulary away from the “attack” and “security” terminology to focus some on “safety” and “threats and vulnerabilities.” It is a subtle change but discussing cybersecurity in terms of safeguarding and safety takes it further away from the defense/military model of attack and counterattack into a more gentle yet strict coordination effort.

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