DHS Follows Industry Lead on Cyber-Terror
Homeland Security's deputy director tells securty conference attendees that the agency depends on the private sector to take the lead on dealing with threats to information infrastructure.WASHINGTONLawrence Hale, deputy director of the Department of Homeland Securitys cyber security division, said Friday that the DHS depends on the private sector to take the lead in fighting cyber-terrorist threats. "The normal things you do to protect your network will help protect you against cyber-terrorism," he said. Speaking at a conference on cyber-security organized by NBC News and the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Hale said the department is already aware of some cyber-terror threats, as well as the activities of terrorist organizations on the Internet. "Theyre using cyberspace for recruiting, fund-raising and communication," he said. Private-sector businesses in the United States are already taking the lead in making sure that they are protected against attacks and intrusion, according to Haleand the government is following their lead. While he wouldnt divulge details, Hale said the government is working to lessen the severity of any attack on it.
Hale added that, so far, the agency has not seen any threats of immediate cyber-terror attacks, but he added that they could come without warning. And just because the government isnt aware of any threats doesnt mean they couldnt happen, or that they couldnt be extremely serious.