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IG: DHS cybersecurity tools, training not up to par
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 7 Nov 2013 08:08:34 +0000 (UTC)


By Tony Romm

The Department of Homeland Security has struggled to respond to cybersecurity threats and disseminate information about them because of lingering technical, funding and staffing woes, according to the agency’s inspector general.

As hackers increasingly take aim at U.S. banks and other top targets, DHS still lacks some tools to track the attacks, desperately needs additional analysts to interpret and share its information in real time and lags in its efforts to train its existing cybersecurity workforce, the watchdog found in a report released Monday.

The inspector general’s audit — conducted between January and May — comes at a time of total flux for DHS, which currently lacks a leader. President Barack Obama has nominated Jeh Johnson for the post; he’s yet to have a confirmation hearing.

In the meantime, though, DHS is center stage in the Obama administration’s ongoing campaign to raise the country’s digital defenses. An executive order signed by the president in February tasks the agency with standing up a new system to share threat data with industry while encouraging those businesses to improve their cybersecurity practices. That itself represents a daunting undertaking — and it’s one DHS faces as it also confronts lingering structural issues in its existing cybersecurity programs.


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