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[ISN] DHS needs to plug some cybersecurity holes, audit finds
By Alice Lipowicz
Sept 02, 2009
The Homeland Security Department is should improve its cybersecurity
programs for some major control systems, according to a new report from
DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner.
The control systems, which operate primarily in power plants, factories
and utilities, are a vital part of the nationâs critical infrastructure.
In recent years control systems increasingly have become networked and
linked with other information technology systems including the Internet.
As a result, the control systems are vulnerable to cyber threats, the IG
DHSâ National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) has been coordinating
public and private efforts for cybersecurity in control systems. It also
conducts training. Although that division has made progress, there are
still gaps in control system cybersecurity, according to the IG's report
published Sept. 1.
Skinner said the division needs to do more to encourage information
sharing between the public and private sectors on needs, threats and
vulnerabilities that affect control systems; conduct more vulnerability
assessments performed on control systems; deploy better performance
measures; and initiate an expanded program for education, training and
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