DHS Inspector General to Testify on US Cybersecurity Shortfalls Today
The National Journal is reporting this morning that DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner will testify before Congress today to warn that a key government cybersecurity unit – The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) – lacks the authority and expertise needed to protect federal information technology networks.
Skinner is scheduled to announce his findings at a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee today, just one day after the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a hearing for Sens. Lieberman, Collins and Carper’s cybersecurity legislation. Aware of Skinner’s report, the Senate trio used the findings to leverage support for their new bill, which calls for a complete overhaul of the government’s current handlings of our nation’s cybersecurity.
According to the National Journal, Philip Reitinger, DHS deputy undersecretary, said “The department is deploying a technology system called ‘Einstein’ to federal agencies to help detect and stop electronic attacks.” But Inspector General Skinner is prepared to note that several agency network upgrades are needed before Einstein can effectively be deployed.
Bottom line, Skinner plans to testify: “The US-CERT does not have the appropriate enforcement authority to ensure that agencies comply with mitigation guidance concerning threats and vulnerabilities.”
Read more about DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner’s findings at:
US hampered in fighting cyber attacks, report says (Wall Street Journal)
Administration declines to back cybersecurity bill (Federal News Radio)