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[infowar.de] Homeland Security looks to industry to secure nation's infrastructure
Woanders führen sie Krieg, die Bevölkerung wird immer stärker überwacht,
Ausländer werden ohne Anklage festgesetzt, aber zur Industrie ist die
Bush-Regierung wie immer sehr zahm: "the department wants to partner
with, rather than regulate, industry".
Homeland Security looks to industry to secure nation's infrastructure
By Chris Strohm
- govexec -
January 12, 2004
Homeland Security Department officials said Monday that the government
does not plan to place many security requirements on private industry
when it comes to protecting the nation's critical infrastructure.
James Loy, the department's deputy secretary, said the federal
government will back away from issuing new security mandates to
industry, and instead let private companies take the lead "in most
cases" to protect critical infrastructure, such as power plants and
"We cannot secure the homeland from Washington, D.C.," Loy told a
gathering of industry representatives during a conference sponsored by
the department's information analysis and infrastructure protection
directorate. Loy said up to 85 percent of the nation's critical
infrastructure is owned and operated by private firms.
"You are in the best position to tell us where your vulnerabilities
lie, what the business community is doing, what first responders need
and how we can help in that process," he said. "But unlike wars of the
past ... this is not going to be a situation where the federal
government simply does it for the nation."
Loy said the directorate's mission is to analyze potential threats
against the United States, map the nation's critical infrastructure,
identify ways to reduce vulnerabilities and provide industry with
During a panel discussion before Loy spoke, Frank Libutti, DHS
undersecretary for information analysis and infrastructure protection,
said the department wants to partner with, rather than regulate,
industry. He said private companies, however, might have to invest in
better security measures.
"When necessary, they need to belly up and put money on the table to
support refining their readiness to deal with the security dimensions
of the 21st century," Libutti said. "We need to partner like we never
have before and that starts with coming to the table and talking
straight from the shoulder about their needs, our needs, setting
standards and moving out together."
Loy said the department does not yet have a breakdown of how homeland
security expenses will be shouldered by state and local governments,
the private sector and the federal government. He said the department
will work with different sectors in the coming months to determine how
costs will be allocated.
Homeland Security also will alter its national threat advisory system,
Loy said. In the future, it will issue recommended steps of action
that different sectors should take when threat levels are increased.
Loy emphasized that the actions will not be mandatory. He also echoed
comments made by DHS Secretary Tom Ridge last week that future threat
levels may be targeted to certain industries or regions as opposed to
the entire country.
Loy said the department is still developing its processes and
"I will be the first to acknowledge that the vision that we have for
DHS is a work in progress," he said. "And I would be the first to
acknowledge that ... the notion of what critical infrastructure
protection and information analysis and sharing means to this country
has yet to play itself out and be realized from coast to coast."
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