DHS: Government Has Limited Role Fighting Cyberthreats

October 4, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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While cyber-attacks continue to be a threat to the United States and its economy, a Department of Homeland Security network security expert said the government alone should not prescribe how the nation’s computers are kept safe.

With millions of computers falling victim infectious software, most experts agree that standards should be in place so victims can effectively and uniformly respond to a threat. The difficulty is that so many stakeholders are involved in the issue  — consumers, Internet service providers, government agencies — no one knows who should be writing the rules.

Companies are leery of government regulations that would require cybersecurity measures within their networks, advocating instead for a blended authorship of response protocols shared by the government and the private sector.

Officials at the Departments of Homeland Security and Commerce, along with the Federal Communications Commission, are studying the problem. They agree government should not take the lead in prescribing a battle plan against cyberthreats, said Bruce McConnell, senior counselor and director of Cyber Strategy at DHS’ national protection and programs directorate. Instead, the departments are playing a “facilitative role” in devising standard responses to certain types of cyberattacks, he said Oct. 4 during a panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

via National Defense Magazine, continued here.