Dept. of Homeland Security Restructuring to Raise Cyber Profile
Department says organizational changes that will take place soon will show that the executive branch is taking cyber-security seriously.After months of escalating criticism from the IT industry that the Bush administration is devoting insufficient resources and attention to cyber-security, the fledgling Department of Homeland Security is already restructuring to give network safety a higher profile. At a congressional hearing on cyber-security research and development Wednesday, Charles McQueary, undersecretary for science and technology at the new department, told lawmakers that organizational changes that will take place soon will show that the executive branch is taking cyber-security seriously. The hearing of the House Committee on Science took on a very un-Washington, almost surreal quality as legislators chided civil servants for not chasing after enough funding for cyber-security R&D, and civil servants answered that there is plenty of money already being spent.
"Were not lacking for funds," Anthony Tether, director of the Pentagons DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), told the committee. "I funded every idea thats come forth in this area this year. Were more idea-limited right now than we are funding-limited."