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DHS Follows Industry Lead on Cyber-Terror

Lawrence Hale, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Security’s cyber security division, said Friday that the DHS depends on the private sector to take the lead in fighting cyber-terrorist threats. “The normal things you do to protect your network will help protect you against cyber-terrorism,” he said. Speaking at a conference on cyber-security organized by NBC News and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Hale said the department is already aware of some cyber-terror threats, as well as the activities of terrorist organizations on the Internet. “They’re using cyberspace for recruiting, fund-raising and communication,” he said. Private-sector businesses in the United States are already taking the lead in making sure that they are protected against attacks and intrusion, according to Hale—and the government is following their lead. While he wouldn’t divulge details, Hale said the government is working to lessen the severity of any attack on it. Full Story

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