proposed changes in national "cyber security"

http://www.cdt.org/publications/pp_8.15.shtml#2

(2) NEW DEPARTMENT LIKELY TO GAIN AUTHORITY OVER CYBER SECURITY AND
    INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION

Both House and Senate bills would grant the Department of Homeland Security
authority over cyber security and infrastructure protection. Specifically,
the bills would transfer to the new department the functions of the following
entities:

* the National Infrastructure Protection Center of the Federal Bureau of
   Investigation (excluding the Computer Investigations and Operations Section);

* the National Communications System of the Department of Defense;

* the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office of the Department of Commerce;

* the National Infrastructure Simulation and Analysis Center of the Department
   of Energy;

* the Federal Computer Incident Response Center of the General Services
   Administration.

Following objections by the high-tech industry and others, the House bill would
not transfer the Computer Security Division of the National Institute of
Standards and Technology. The Senate bill as introduced would transfer that
NIST component, along with the Energy Security and Assurance Program of the
Department of Energy and the Federal Protective Service of the General Services
Administration.

Both bills would leave the FBI and CIA untouched by the reshuffling (with the
exception of the FBI's NIPC, as noted above).

...which probably means it would become a centralized office that continues
to spin its wheels (instead of several doing the same thing - I guess that's
a move toward cost-cutting!) while lawmakers defer the problem by funding
additional research reports and projects instead of funding immediate
ventures to remedy existing problems and known vulnerabilities.......

When it comes to information security - or technology society in general -
the USG still doesn't get it, despite all the hype and hoopla.

rick
infowarrior.org