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DHS's cybersecurity role expanded.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been tasked with new cybersecurity responsibilities.


The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially put the DHS in charge of all civilian agency computer networks, according to Federal News Radio. DHS was also asked to assist in securing both the federal civilian government systems and the private sector.

In addition to the implementation and management of the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA), DHS oversees critical infrastructure protection, operates the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, and implements the Trusted Internet Connection initiative.

The OMB outlined DHS' cyber security role with respect to the federal government as a whole and in coordination with individual agencies, which includes overseeing:

* The implementation of and reporting on cybersecurity policies and guidance

* Government-wide and agency-specific efforts to provide adequate, risk-based, and cost-effective cybersecurity

* The agencies' compliance with FISMA

* The agencies' cybersecurity operations and incident response and providing appropriate assistance

DHS is also charged with annually reviewing the cybersecurity programs of all federal departments and agencies.
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Title Annotation:CYBERSECURITY
Publication:Information Management Journal
Date:Nov 1, 2010
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