DHS says it can handle cyberattacks

Wednesday, 31 March 2004, 1:22 PM EST

In the event of a cyberattack on the nation's infrastructure, the Homeland Security Department would have the authority and the wherewithal to coordinate an appropriate response, department officials told lawmakers today.

Members of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security questioned top information technology officials at DHS, focusing on recent reports that the department remains disorganized within and not well-coordinated with other federal, state and local agencies and the private sector.

By Florence Olsen at FCW.

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