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Cyber Bill Wouldn’t Change NSA Power-Sharing Agreement

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February 21, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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Homeland Security and Defense officials are advocating for a Senate bill that would concentrate computer defense authorities at DHS and the Pentagon’s National Security Agency.

In debating how best to thwart a devastating attack on critical U.S. networks, the case has been made that Defense is more technologically and financially equipped for the job than Homeland Security. But many Americans are uncomfortable about the military probing their private communications. DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday afternoon said new legislation granting her department responsibility for national cybersecurity, rather than the Pentagon, is the right approach.

She added, however, that the measure would not stop Homeland Security and Defense from abiding by a 2010 memorandum that specifies the Pentagon’s codebreakers at NSA and their equipment will respond to civilian and military cyber incidents.

via Nextgov, continued here.