2009-04-05

Security, DHS, and the NSA

A number of people have asked me my opinion on the recent reports that authority for "cyber security" at the national level is moving from DHS to the NSA. I think the most concise analogy I can give is this: It's like taking one of your valuables from your younger brother who's irresponsible, and giving it to your older brother who's greedy. We're substituting one set of problems with another.

Opinions aside, I think it's interesting that the job of computer network defense at a national level is being placed subordinate to its equivalent offensive arm. An insight into fundamental policy shift? Time will tell...

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