U.S. Cyber Security Measures Detailed

In a five-page report issued this month, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security outlined major policies and infrastructure designed to prevent and respond to significant cyber incidents.

Among other measures, it details the workings of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team and intergovernmental partnerships between federal and state agencies.

The report summarizes the history of the EINSTEIN system, which “is designed to provide the U.S. Government with an early warning system for intrusions to Federal Executive Branch civilian networks, near real-time identification of malicious activity, and automated disruption of that malicious activity.” The third phase of the intrusion prevention system, which is supposed to provide DHS with the ability to detect and disrupt malicious activity before harm is done, is currently being tested.

Public awareness campaigns, cyber incident response plans and government training programs are also reviewed in the document, as are efforts designed to protect privacy and civil liberties.

DHS’s National Cybersecurity Division tripled its federal workforce from 35 to 118 in fiscal year 2009 and is on track to nearly double that number in fiscal year 2010, the report says.

To read the full report, click here: 
http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/defending-against-cyber-attacks-november-2010.pdf