U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano recently affirmed that her staff is still weighing options about how best to assimilate the public and private sectors in responding to security threats, saying a number of decisive factors remain foggy.
"We need to be thinking outside our traditional boxes. We need to be thinking ahead," she said, adding that her staff was not sufficiently prepared to handle cybersecurity when she took over the department earlier this year. "We need to be recruiting and training investigators who only do this kind of work. That is where we are headed within the Department of Homeland Security and, indeed, within the United States Secret Service."
Napolitano says she is open to new ways of cultivating interaction between the White House and the Pentagon's new cybercommand, preferably through a joint committee or middlemen. But she immediately voiced privacy concerns generated by having the armed forces involved in securing U.S. civilian infrastructure. "That's why I haven't really come to a conclusion about how do we share without raising the specter that the Department of Defense is somehow going to be spying on civilian computers in the United States," Napolitano said.
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