Examining the Mission, Structure, and Reorganization Effort of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies of the Committee on Homeland Security, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, October 7, 2015   [open pdf - 914KB]

This testimony compilation is from the October 7, 2015 hearing on "Examining the Mission, Structure, and Reorganization Effort of the National Protection and Programs Directorate," before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. From the Opening Statement of John Ratcliffe, "Prior to any reorganization of NPPD [National Protection and Programs Directorate], Congress needs to first determine whether or not the proposal would establish a clear operational mission for the Directorate, streamline the organizational structure, and can be effectively carried out by a qualified workforce. We also have questions on how the proposed changes would help make acquisition efforts for the cybersecurity mission more effective and efficient. And perhaps most importantly, this Committee needs to know how the realignment would help build confidence in both the public and private sectors that DHS is dedicated to focusing on its emerging cybersecurity mission. Growing cyber threats are presenting new homeland security challenges every day; and as such, this Committee needs to ensure that DHS is optimally organized to successfully combat these emerging threats. As a nation, we seem to finally be grasping the magnitude of the potential consequences of a major cyber attack, particularly as serious cyber breaches have already become part of our daily lives. As we have seen this year with the damaging breach to the Office of Personnel Management and other similar breaches, cyber subversions are only increasing in number. We have seen cyber attacks destroy private companies' computers and data breaches that exfiltrate corporate information, employee data, emails, intellectual property. It is vitally important that we are prepared to combat this evolving threat." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Suzanne Spaulding, Phyllis Schneck, Ronald J. Clark, and Chris P. Currie.

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