Slim pickings for cybersecurity in DHS budget

Wednesday, 12 March 2003, 4:38 PM EST

It's existed for less than two weeks, but analysts are already concerned that the newly-formed Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity unit may not grow up to be the powerhouse of efficiency and expertise it was billed as.

Nearly every government cybersecurity agency was swept in to the new cabinet-level Department's "Directorate of Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection" -- making the new directorate the single largest computer security organization the U.S. government has ever had.

The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO), formerly part of the Department of Commerce, made the move, as did the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center. The Federal Computer Incident Response Center left the General Services Administration to head to the DHS. Even the Department of Defense's National Communications System, which handles emergency preparedness for telecom, moved to the new department.

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