On Wednesday, Secretary Michael
Chertoff announced a six-point agenda for the Department of Homeland
Security designed "to ensure that the Departments policies, operations,
and structures are aligned in the best way to address the potential threats
both present and future that face our nation," according a department press
DHS will release details of Chertoff's new agenda in the
coming weeks and months, but several outlined several changes in Wednesday's
press release. Among these changes is the creation of a new Assistant Secretary
for Cyber Security and Telecommunications. This person will be responsible for "identifying
and assessing the vulnerability of critical telecommunications infrastructure
and assets; providing timely, actionable and valuable threat information; and
leading the national response to cyber and telecommunications attacks,"according to DHS.
The new Assistant Secretary position is a much needed boost
to the formerly director-level post. Hopefully DHS will have more luck keeping
the new position filled, as the department went through a string of directors
for the National Cyber Security Division, including Richard Clarke, HowardSchmidt, Amit Yoran and Robert Liscouski.
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