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Homeland Security Involved In Isabel Response

CIO Steve Cooper says IT staff has been deployed around the clock in support of the department’s crisis action team. The Department of Homeland Security’s IT team has been actively involved in the response to Hurricane Isabel. “We have IT staff deployed 24-by-7 in support of the department’s crisis action team,” Homeland Security CIO Steve Cooper says in an E-mail message to InformationWeek. “We have additional contractor technical staff coming on in shifts for as long as the team is active. We have all technical staff on standby if needed.” The department’s infrastructure-protection division is staffing the crisis action team–headed by assistant secretary Bob Liscouski–that’s actively communicating with and monitoring transportation, electrical, cyber, water, and telecom infrastructure sectors in states hit by the storm, Cooper says. “Scheduled conference calls are conducted by Bob’s people with the appropriate private sector entities to address status and any situations that develop,” the CIO says. Full Story

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