Cybersecurity for the Homeland: Report of the Activities and Findings by the Chairman and Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development of the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Homeland Security, December 2004   [open pdf - 254KB]

"On a fateful day in September 2001, our lives changed forever as a handful of terrorists dramatically proved they had the means to destroy on a level equal to their hatred. Each and every American felt a loss of sanctuary and a loss of security. The government responded and took initial steps to reorganize the federal bureaucracy to better protect the homeland and its citizens. Congress and the Executive Branch worked together to create the Department of Homeland Security. Congress established homeland security appropriations subcommittees in the House and Senate. In January 2003, the U.S. House of Representatives also created a Select Committee on Homeland Security to improve coordination efforts among federal agencies tasked with protecting our homeland from terrorist attacks and to oversee the newly created Department of Homeland Security. The Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development was given responsibility for the authorization and oversight of the Department's activities related to security of computers, telecommunications, information technology, industrial control, electric infrastructure, and data systems, including science and research and development; protection of government and private networks and computer systems from domestic and foreign attack; and prevention of injury to civilian populations and physical infrastructure caused by cyber attack. During the 108th Congress, the Subcommittee conducted numerous hearings and briefings for Members of Congress and staff on cybersecurity issues."

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