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[] Office of Cybersecurity wird im Department of Homeland Defense angesiedelt,

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Homeland department likely to house cybersecurity office
By William New, National Journal's Technology Daily

The White House Office of Cyberspace Security would "change a bit" under
a proposal to create a Homeland Security Department but would retain its
basic functions, the senior director of that office said Thursday.

Paul Kurtz said that the position of Cybersecurity Director Richard
Clarke "would likely remain the same" and that Clarke would continue to
report to the National Security Council (NSC), headed by Condoleezza
Rice, and to the new department head. He spoke on a panel at the TechNet
International conference of the Association for Communications,
Electronics, Intelligence and Information Systems Professionals.

Clarke currently reports to the council and the White House Homeland
Security Office as chairman of the Critical Infrastructure Protection
Board. The position of Vice Chairman Howard Schmidt also likely would
remain, Kurtz said. He said the board membership might change as
portions of agencies are moved, but "we will have a coordinating
mechanism on cybersecurity."

The board coordinates across government agencies on the protection of
critical infrastructures, including information infrastructure, which
Kurtz called the nation's "bloodline." The board includes representation
from agencies involved in research and development, law enforcement, and
incident coordination and crisis response.

Kurtz also said his office would complete work in mid-July on a national
strategy for homeland security being developed by Homeland Security
Director Tom Ridge, and he added that the plan probably would be
released in early fall. He emphasized that the strategy is "not going to
be authored by bureaucrats" but rather involves the input of home users,
the private sector and others.

A series of town-hall meetings on the subject is being held. Clarke and
Schmidt have visited four cities and will continue the gatherings in the
coming months.

The homeland strategy will be updated frequently, he said. "We'll make
mistakes," Kurtz said. "We're new at this."

Kurtz named cybersecurity priorities for the White House, including
making the Internet less vulnerable to attacks ("hardening" the
Internet), enhancing the security of federal systems being overseen by
the White House Office of Management and Budget, improving crisis
response, and coordinating education and research and development. Other
priorities are increasing awareness through the Web site
"," and creating a digital-controls system, advanced
systems and a National Security Emergency Preparedness program.

That preparedness program was highlighted by Brenton Greene, deputy
manager of the National Communications System, which advises the
president, the NSC, the White House Office of Science and Technology
Policy, OMB and the Office of Homeland Security on telecommunications
functions in emergency preparedness. Greene said the 22 government
agencies that are major telecom users hold regular coordination meetings
on crisis communications.

Kurtz left the event to join an interagency meeting on critical
infrastructure protection, at the State Department with Japanese
officials. The first formal meeting with Japan on the topic included
officials from the Defense, State, Transportation and Treasury
departments. Similar meetings have been held with the United Kingdom,
Australia, India and Singapore, he said.

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