Liscouski repeatedly emphasized that the department plans to move briskly forward with its cyber-security initiatives and that mistakes are inevitable. "We will err on the side of sharing too much information sometimes," he said. "What has been very helpful to me is knowing that were going to make mistakes." Some committee members questioned Liscouski about the recent departures of several cyber-security experts from the administration, including Richard Clarke, Howard Schmidt and Ron Dick, and asked whether cyber-security is being given a sufficiently prominent role.The National Cyber Security Division at DHS has approximately 65 employees and an additional 35 positions to be filled, Liscouski said, adding that he believes the division has adequate funding at present. Liscouski Tuesday formally announced the appointment of Amit Yoran to head the National Cyber Security Division at DHS. Asked why it took so long to fill the spot, Liscouski said it was a matter of finding the most suitable candidate. "We just had to find the right person who understood that this is about execution. We needed an implementer," he said, adding that the risk of potentially not succeeding in that role is "great."
"Im worried that cyber-security has been demoted," said Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. "How many desks are empty? Is there anyone there to answer the phone?"