DHS IG testfies about US-CERT shortcomings

Friday - 6/18/2010, 5:57pm EDT

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  • How secure are federal networks from cyber attacks? That's the question Congress has asked US-CERT. Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Richard Skinner testified that while US-CERT has made strides to beef up cybersecurity there are still major lapses. InfoSecurity reports that Skinner says there are three key areas where US-CERT falls short. First, the agencies lacks the enforcement authority to respond to security threats. US-CERT also can not compel other agencies to enact their recommendations, so cyber threats are not addressed in a timely fashion. Skinner also says that US CERT is working on several key action plans to address these issues.

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