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February 25, 2013

Report Shows DHS Making Progress on Cybersecurity

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure control systems – which includes the backbone of our nation's utilities. The report, entitled "DHS Can Make Improvements to Secure Industrial Control Systems" (OIG-13-39), found that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) have made marked progress in strengthening the cybersecurity of industrial control systems, especially in the areas of information sharing and threat mitigation. The OIG also found that more can be done to improve response coordination and the quality and method of information sharing – and makes recommendations on these counts.

Ranking Member Thompson released the following statement on the report:

"I am encouraged that DHS has made progress in addressing one of the greatest homeland security challenges of our day—how to help critical infrastructure owners and operators protect critical infrastructure from cyber threats. This report underscores that DHS is building the internal capacity to lead on our nation's effort to protect our public and private sectors from cyber attack."

Link to Report

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