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Former W.H. Official: In the Event of a Cyberwar, Don’t Call DHS

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January 31, 2012
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In the federal government, the Defense Department is responsible for its own computer network security, and the Department of Homeland Security is charged with protecting just about everything else in U.S. controlled cyberspace.

But in the event of a wide-scale cyber-attack in the United States, don’t call DHS, said one former government insider. 

“If we do ever have a cyberwar, it will be won or lost in the private sector,” said Jason Healey, director of the cyber statecraft initiative at the Atlantic Council. Healey served as the White House director of cyber infrastructure protection from 2003 to 2005.

Most of the Internet is in the private sector’s hands, along with most of the expertise in combating cyber-attacks, suggested Healey, who also worked at the National Security Agency and was there at the founding of the Joint Task Force — Computer Network Defense, the Pentagon’s first joint cyber war-fighting unit. Healey made his comments at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Jan. 30 during a panel discussion marking the release of a report, “Cyber-Security: The Vexed Question of Global Rules,” produced by McAfee and the Security Defense Agenda, a Brussels-based think tank.

via National Defense Magazine, continued here.