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Deputy Secretary of DHS On Agency's Role In Cybersecurity ( 19

itwbennett writes: In an interview with CSO's Ira Winkler, Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas discusses the agency's cybersecurity role, breaking it down into 2 broad categories: helping protect .govs, and assisting .coms. When asked whether DHS is prepared to handle the additional responsibility that Congress is looking to give the agency, including insider threat detection and mitigation, Mayorkas said the agency has a 'current capacity' to assist .gov and .com to a 'very great' degree. But when asked whether the agency planned to outsource a lot of the capability it has been mandated to perform, as it recently did with intrusion detection, Mayorkas demurred, saying 'it's not a one-size fits all.'
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Deputy Secretary of DHS On Agency's Role In Cybersecurity

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  • DHS security? LOL! (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    By DHS security for .coms, I assume that means assisting in preventing and mitigating intrusions from entities other than the NSA while simultaneously aiding the NSA in intrusions. We'll help secure your .com from everyone else as long as you let us add a few NSA backdoors. It's patriotic, after all!

  • Dear Americans (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday December 11, 2015 @06:54AM (#51099423)

    Dear Americans: for all that it's worthy to you, please disband this sprawling thing that the DHS is before it destroys all the good things your society has.

    And don't take this as snide critique: other parts of the world (the one I live in most certainly!) have their versions of the same challenge.

    Don't let fear kill all the achievements our ancestors have reached, with much blood, sweat and tears.

    • Re: Dear Americans (Score:5, Interesting)

      by TheReaperD ( 937405 ) on Friday December 11, 2015 @07:26AM (#51099483)
      DHS isn't the disease, it's a symptom of a much larger problem. Large money interests now almost entirely control the federal government and now are turning it against its own citizens to keep the plebeians in check, while at the same time, shoveling money into their pockets.
  • by waspleg ( 316038 ) on Friday December 11, 2015 @08:07AM (#51099535) Journal

    as many times as necessary to get increased funding as another pseudo military branch of the US gov't. Do we even know how many TLAs there are at this point?

    Apparently they get $55.1 billion [] How about a cost/benefit analysis, cause they've apparently got the money to write a fucking march.

    I mean, shit, we could have 10 new Navy destroyers instead!!

    Or, I don't know, maybe no homeless people. I bet no homeless would do a lot for "homeland security". I think well fed/housed/employed people are less likely to shoot up theaters and bomb things, just saying.

  • by l0n3s0m3phr34k ( 2613107 ) on Friday December 11, 2015 @08:12AM (#51099547)
    About identity theft. foreign countries, or anything else. Because if he did, he would stop suggesting that we purposely destroy the only thing between us and them: encryption. I don't think he's just stupid and doesn't understand that making "holes" will also allow others to get into them; he either doesn't care or actually wants this to happen. I'm now leaning to "want this to happen", because this would actually help his own political agenda.
  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday December 11, 2015 @09:15AM (#51099723) Homepage
    translation: as an agency thats evolved from a knee-jerk response to a terrorist event, we're now doing goddamn near everything. border protection? yep. those flunkies at the airport that touch you? we still technically handle that. but did you know? we handle such cyber security events as:
    1. whenever sudo reports an unauthorized root user? it gets emailed to us. cathy specifically. unless its friday then she takes a long lunch so its kennith in the guard shack when he takes breaks from marmaduke
    2. connection tracking in iptables? jack handles most of that with a spreadsheet he keeps in his desk drawer. i swear. hes got a spreadsheet for darn near everything.
    3. Deep packet inspection. Most of your packets get dumped into an abandoned rural swimming pool and we have a few folks down there sift through with their 'smellin hounds' for any terrorism.
    4. we're in charge of adding the word cyber. Cyberterrorism? yep. cybercrime? another one we coined. Cyberwatermelon and cybertoilet arent really catching on though but we've got others. janice is brutal at boggle so we put her on it.
  • They also seem to be the puppets of the MAFIAA when it comes to enforcing copyright.
  • not done.

    Yes, the US Department of Homeland Security, famous for having given guns to drug smugglers that kill US people [] and have been leering at naked pictures of US airport travelers [] can't even stop weapons from going onboard [] now want to give us advice on cyber[sic]-security.

    I'd rather take security advice from the seventeen year old kid next door. He is probably more up to date, in better shape mentally

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