|For Immediate Release
Monday, December 6, 2004
Homeland Security Subcommittee Highlights Cybersecurity Objectives
Washington, DC - Cybersecurity for the Homeland, a comprehensive report
on the Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity efforts and accomplishments
of the Homeland Security Committee's Cybersecurity Subcommittee, was released
today by Subcommittee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) and Ranking Member Zoe
Lofgren (D-CA). This extensive report highlights the need for improved cybersecurity
for the nation and enhanced partnerships with the private sector while emphasizing
strong, continued oversight by Congress.
"Subcommittee Chairman Thornberry and Ranking Member Zoe Lofgren have been at
the forefront of cybersecurity policy in this Congress. Their bipartisan efforts
and expertise are reflected in this report, which documents not only their findings
but also their carefully considered recommendations for the coming years," said
Among the Subcommittee's recommendations for the 109th Congress:
. Create, in statute, an Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity in the Department
of Homeland Security;
. Encourage the Department to develop a coherent program and budget to fully
implement the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace;
. Assess the Department's plan to improve outreach, coordination, and information
sharing across government and with the private sector;
. Ensure that the Department improves performance on cyber risk assessments and
. Continue support for research, development, and educational activities to improve
cybersecurity products and services.
Ranking Member Jim Turner (D-TX) concluded that, "Many of the threats faced
by this country are ones we cannot see, but that are devastating to our society.
We must be vigilant in our efforts to ensure the safety of information by promoting
cooperation between the private sector and government. Security gaps exist
that can be exploited by our terrorist enemies, but closing these gaps provide
an opportunity for a safer country."
the report [3.6 MB]