Public and Private Sector Entities Involved in Cybersecurity Policy

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was formed after the 9/11 attacks to bring together the organizations, capabilities, and processes that were considered necessary to protect the homeland. The focus on the 9/11 Commission and DHS when formed was primarily to protect physical infrastructure (and people) against terrorist attacks. A traditional role of government, protecting against and helping people recover from natural disasters was logically and easily incorporated into the foundational antiterrorism objective in forming DHS. Discuss the following: •Discuss the various cyber and cybersecurity roles of the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and the Intelligence Community. •Discuss how organizations like the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), and so forth impact cybersecurity policy proposals and processes. •Discuss the interests and equities of private-sector entities in cybersecurity policy debates, including telecommunications providers that provide the Internet backbone, security vendors that provide antivirus and other security products, and commercial service providers that provide cloud and other services. •Discuss how and why DHS was established, and how cybersecurity became a part of DHS’s responsibilities.




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