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DHS official: Government can't solve cybersecurity alone

U.S. software-makers are improving the security of their products, but the country’s cyber infrastructure is still far from secure, according to comments by Richard Marshall, the Homeland Security Department’s director of Global Cybersecurity Management in the National Cybersecurity Division.

Marshall spoke this morning at FOSE, saying that, despite progress, laws are inadequate, education needs to be improved and the public and private sectors need to work together. GCN Editor-in-Chief Wyatt Kash was at Marshall’s talk and sending observations to Twitter. Other FOSE attendees also contributed to the flow of tweets.

According to their posts, Marshall said government can't solve the cyber problem alone, and neither can the private sector. It’s everyone’s job.

He also talked of the need for more secure software and of the need for academic centers of cyber excellence and training in all sciences/disciplines using the Internet.

Marshall discussed such security problems as the Defense Department’s purchase of counterfeit Cisco routers and the ongoing difficulties of dealing with logic bombs, back doors and other threats. He said laws currently are inadequate for dealing with these problems. He did, however, note that hackers are saying that U.S. software is getting harder to compromise.

Later, CNN Senior Political Correspondent Candy Crowley talked about the broader political landscape. Among her points: The November elections will be the “first act” on the just-passed health care reform bill.

Keep up with more news from FOSE today via Twitter at @govcomputernews or take a peek at what other FOSE go-ers are talking about.

Posted by Kevin McCaney on Mar 24, 2010 at 9:39 AM


Reader Comments

Sat, Nov 5, 2011 George peterson Event planning jobs

DHS needs help, although their on emphasis of completing both their HSPD-12 implementation and the Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) solution incorporating their PIV Credential into all of their applications. But i'm sure if DHS will not be able to handle the Cybersecurity alone.

Sun, Mar 28, 2010 Robert "Bob"Donelson Washington DC

DHS can do more, including increase their on emphasis of completing both their HSPD-12 implementation and the Identity, Credential and Access Management (ICAM) solution incorporating their PIV Credential into all of their applications. Additionally DHS can provide and target grants to States and Local Governments who mimic HSPD-12 to their Employees and more importantly their citizens. Providing Citizens PIV-I Credentials will go along way to improving Cybersecurity across the nation and at the same time reduce the cost of the delivery of Government Services and enable private sector business improvements.

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