Reitinger’s Quest: Build a Safer Internet

April 7, 2011
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Philip Reitinger, the top cybersecurity official in the Department of Homeland Security, is on a mission to help create a new, secure computing ecosystem on the Internet.

The deputy undersecretary of DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate – the highest cybersecurity position in the department – led a team that last month published (see DHS Envisions a Healthy Cyber Ecosystem) a white paper entitled Enabling Distributed Security in Cyberspace.

Without moving to this new computing environment, functioning in today’s Internet-tied world could be threatened, Reitinger says in an interview with

“Unless people start to really pay attention to the threat and how we need to drive fundamental change, we’re in a world that is going get worse from day to day and month to month and year to year,” he says. “And, we’re going to be in a place eventually where your television is going to complain that it’s being attacked by your refrigerator and isn’t able to operate anymore. None of us wants to live that world.”

The DHS white paper explores technical options for creating a more secure and resilient network of networks, and explores how three security building blocks – authentication, automation and interoperability – can enhance vulnerability prevention and cyberdefense. And, Reitinger says he sees the paper as the beginning of a broad, technical conversation with others in government, the private sector and citizens on achieving what he characterizes as the “new normal.”

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