Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Tom Ridge announced Friday the agency has created the National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) to combat Internet-based attacks against government and critical private sector backbone networks.
Robert Liscouski, the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Infrastructure Protection, told the media over the weekend a director for the 60-person department should be appointed within the next 30 days.
The blueprint for the NCSD is the National Strategy to Secure Cyber Space, a report issued by the Bush Administration in February that depends more on private industry cooperation than government mandates and regulations.
Shortly after the administration issued its report, it dismantled a special cyber security board that reported directly to the White House, transferring its duties and responsibilities to the DHS.
The White House’s director of the board, Richard Clarke, refused to head the new organization created at the DHS, saying there would be too many bureaucratic layers between him and Ridge.
Clarke, who spent 30 years in government working for three presidents and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s top counter-terrorism experts, now works for ABC news and is a consultant to several private security vendors.