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A Look at the White House Cybersecurity Plan

Security and justice officals testify

Washington, DC
Monday, May 23, 2011

Earlier this month the Obama Administration unveiled its global cyber security plan, calling for the U.S. to work with other countries on intellectual property protections, the prevention of identity theft, and cooperation among foreign law enforcement agencies on cyber crime.

Today, the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Committee examined that proposal, with testimony by the top cyber security officials from the Commerce, Defense , Justice and Homeland Security departments. Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman (I) chaired the hearing.  

The Obama Administration's proposal calls the Department of Homeland Security as the top cybersecurity agency charged with leading the program.

Another point of discussion was a plan that calls for international cooperation on combating cybercrime and protecting global networks. "The International Strategy for Cyberspace calls for the U.S. government to work with its global counterparts in securing cyberspace," stated White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt.

The deputy assistant secretary of Defense for cyber policy, Robert Butler appeared alongside Philip  Reitinger, Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS).

Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 at 5:16pm (ET)

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