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Homeland Security science division will also tackle cybersecurity

The Homeland Security Department’s science and technology directorate will play an important supporting role in efforts to secure the nation’s computer infrastructure from attack, top officials with the directorate or broader department said on Monday. In interviews with reporters from National Journal’s Technology Daily, the senior officials emphasized that while their focus primarily will be developing technologies to counter threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, cyber security is a necessary component of their mission to support the technology needs of the operational directorates. They said computer-security experts will join the organization soon to guide research and development. The departmental officials included: Penrose Albright, assistant secretary for science and technology; David Bolka, director of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA); John Kubricky, director of systems engineering; Maureen McCarthy, director of research and development; and Charles McQueary, undersecretary for science and technology. Full Story

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