Cybersecurity Recomendations for the Next Adminstration, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, and Science and Technology of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 16, 2008   [open pdf - 208KB]

From the opening statement of James R. Langevin,: "I believe our oversight has enhanced Federal and critical infrastructure cybersecurity by improving security at DHS, highlighting and filling gaps in Federal cybersecurity policy, and holding individuals in public and private sectors accountable. First, we have improved situational awareness, increased security on networks at the Department of Homeland Security across the Federal Government. Our goal on this committee, one that I have discussed on many occasions, is to make the Department of Homeland Security the gold standard in Federal information security. We have got a long way to go before we get there, however. But as a result of our investigations and hearings, the CIO's Office began receiving more threat briefings. That raises situational awareness. Second, the subcommittee's oversight has filled and will continue to fill significant gaps that exist in Federal cybersecurity policy. We spent a significant amount of time on the electric grid, one of our most vulnerable critical infrastructure sectors. In 2007, this subcommittee initiated a review of the Federal Government's effort and ability to ensure the security of the bulk power system from cyber attack. We began surveying the electric sector to determine their mitigation efforts for the Aurora vulnerability. During my review of these efforts, it became evident that mitigation of this vulnerability was highly inconsistent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: James R. Langevin, Michael T. McCaul, Ginny Brown-Waite, David Powner, and James A. Lewis.

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