“While the Congress on the primacy of DHS in defending civilian networks in the United States was clear, coordination, cooperation and information exchange with the DOD will be essential to the defense of the country of origin,” he said. With this agreement, which comes into force immediately, we are creating a new framework between our departments to improve operational coordination and joint programming. It formalizes the processes in which we work together to protect our nation`s cyber networks and critical infrastructure, and increases the clarity and focus of our respective roles and responsibilities. The agreement engages DoD`s cyber-analysts within DHS to better support the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and sends a full-time DHS chief to DoD`s National Security Agency, as well as a support team consisting of data protection, civil liberties and legal staff. The agreement will ensure that the priorities of both agencies and requests for assistance are clearly communicated and respected. In the future, it will be essential for the two departments to cooperate on cyber threats, he said. The objective of the agreement is to define the conditions under which the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Ministry of Defence (DoD) will provide personnel, equipment and facilities to strengthen inter-departmental cooperation in strategic cybersecurity planning, mutual support for the development of cybersecurity capabilities and synchronization of current operational activities in the field of cybersecurity. Memorandum of Understanding Between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense on Cybersecurity (PDF, 5 pages – 2.5 MB) A Homeland Security official confirmed that the agreement is reached, but no further details. The agreement “reflects the commitment of both departments to cooperate to improve the protection and defense of the U.S. country of origin against strategic cyber threats,” said Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. described the agreement during the oral proceedings in broad terms.
Richmond, who is the top Democrat on the Homeland Security Panel, said he had not yet read the memorandum. Effective cybersecurity means protecting critical networks from a large number of state and non-state actors who do not respect physical boundaries. “The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will coordinate and enhance U.S. threat protection capabilities on our critical civilian and military computer systems and networks.” It also clarifies the roles and responsibilities between DOD and DHS to increase the U.S. government`s willingness to respond to cyber threats and to establish coordinated lines of efforts to secure, protect and defend the country of origin,” said the statement made at a joint hearing of the cyber-panels of the House of Representatives` security and professional services committees.
- No categories