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Homeland Security creates cybersecurity division

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has launched a new cybersecurity center, but not all cybersecurity experts welcomed the move of the former White House cybersecurity office to a division at DHS. The 60-person division, called the National Cyber Security Division, will report to Robert Liscouski, the assistant secretary of homeland security for infrastructure protection, and will be part of the department’s Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate. The new division will focus on reducing the vulnerabilities to the U.S. government’s computing networks and working with the private sector to help protect other critical pieces of cyberspace, DHS announced Friday. While some in the IT community cheered the move, William Harrod, director of investigative response for TruSecure Corp., a security software vendor, questioned the positioning of the division within DHS. Harrod noted that the new cybersecurity division will not report directly to DHS Secretary Tom Ridge, although until April, the White House had a cybersecurity czar. Full Story

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