DHS Cyber Division Taking Shape, Despite Concerns About Waning Influence

    Date03 Oct 2003
    CategoryGovernment
    3496
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A principal adviser to the new head of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) has reiterated that the division and its industry outreach program remain key players at the DHS and that it has a direct line . . . A principal adviser to the new head of the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) has reiterated that the division and its industry outreach program remain key players at the DHS and that it has a direct line to senior officials, including Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge and President Bush.

    Speaking here at the Digital Security Conference, Sallie McDonald, the DHS's senior executive responsible for outreach and awareness efforts, said yesterday that the NCSD "is properly placed within the department" and has been described by Ridge as part of the "heartbeat of the agency."

    The conference was sponsored by Washtenaw Community College and the Walsh College Information Assurance Center.

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