Letter Report: DHS Needs to Prioritize Its Cyber Assets   [open pdf - 220KB]

This document is a letter providing recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security for protecting cyber critical infrastructure. "Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7 (HSPD-7), Critical Infrastructure Identification, Prioritization, and Protection, December 2003, established a national policy to identify and prioritize critical infrastructures. These critical infrastructures are both physical and cyber-based, and span all sectors of the economy. According to the National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP), June 2006, Cyber infrastructure includes electronic information and communications systems, and the information contained in those systems. Computer systems, control systems…and networks such as the Internet are all part of cyber infrastructure. […]The department has not completed all the steps to produce a prioritized inventory of its internal cyber critical infrastructure. Further, the department's Management Directorate was not coordinating related efforts to secure these assets. We recommend that the department designate a specific office to determine protection priorities for its internal cyber critical infrastructure. Additionally, the department should develop a process to coordinate internal efforts to protect these assets in accordance with Homeland Security Presidential Directive 7."

Report Number:
Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General, Report No. OIG-08-31
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United States Department of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/
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