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NSA, DHS Trade Players for Net Defense
Thursday - 10/14/2010, 3:49pm EDT
By order of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, both departments are laying the ground work for a new arrangement. DHS and the National Security Agency will station officials at each other's headquarters.
Wired reports, "In other words, the seemingly bright line between dot-com and dot-mil gets fuzzier and fuzzier the longer you look."
The agreement clarifies each department's roles in the event of a cyber attack.
It orders this big bureaucratic exchange of personnel. The Department of Homeland Security is going to send over a new Director for Cybersecurity Coordination to NSA, along with privacy lawyers and civil-rights officials to ensure that neither NSA nor its military twin, the Cyber Command, cross any legal boundaries.
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