New Details on the National Cyber Security Initiative, But Mum’s Still The Word

06 Aug

Look up information about the Comprehensive National Cyber Security Initiative (CNCI), established by National Security Presidential Directive 54 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23, and you won’t find much in the way of details, because most of it is classified.

But on March 2008 at a classified hearing on the subject, Senators Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee managed to tease out (pdf) a few unclassified details about the effort. But much still remains unanswered, i.e. questions 6, 7, 8 & 17, from Lieberman’s and Collins’ original letter.

The response (pdf) does include relevant information on the National Cyber Security Center and how privacy will be protected under the CNCI. It also details how success of the initiative will be measured, and how the Department views the private sector’s role in the initiative. However, the senators responded, “The Department chose to redact information relating to contracting at the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD). The senators have asked DHS explain their reasons for the redactions.”

See also: “DHS stays mum on new ‘Cyber Security’ center” by Stephanie Condon, CNET News, July 31.

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