DHS Cybersecurity Mission: Promoting Innovation and Securing Critical Infrastructure, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, April 15, 2011   [open pdf - 351KB]

From the opening statement of Daniel E. Lungren: "Today, the subcommittee will examine the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security and the owners and operators of critical infrastructure. What is working well, what could be done better, and how to improve in the future. [...] The public-private partnership remains a key part of the Nation's efforts to secure and protect its critical cyber-reliant infrastructure. While criticized by some, it is still evolving since its inception a decade ago. Because of the leadership of NPPD [National Protection and Programs Directorate] Under Secretary Rand Beers and Deputy Secretary Phillip Reitinger, the Department has strategically positioned cybersecurity resources and assets in an effort to develop a more trusted and mutually beneficial public-private partnership that is needed to defend cyberspace. Without ownership, partnership is the next best thing for promoting cybersecurity and protecting our critical infrastructure. If properly developed and implemented, the public-private partnership cybersecurity model can be leveraged to improve the culture of security and the willingness of the private sector to make the necessary investments to secure their critical infrastructure. With all this cyber expertise, is the Department making a real difference in defending critical infrastructure? Are they protecting Government and private sector cyber space and responding effectively to cyber attacks? Are they assisting the private sector in detecting, defending, and recovering from cyber attack? Is the Department making available to its partners the critical threat information they need to protect their networks? Today we will hear from the Homeland Security Department and a number of key economic sectors, whose critical infrastructure is vital to maintaining our robust economy, on how this public-private partnership is progressing." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Daniel E. Lungren, Yvette D. Clark, Seán McGurk, Gerry Cauley, Jane Carlin, and Edward Amoroso.

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