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DHS: Government Should Play Largely ‘Facilitative’ Role in Cybersecurity

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As the cybersecurity landscape is populated by numerous stakeholders, including internet service providers, consumers and government agencies, the U.S. government has adopted a “facilitative role”, rather than an authoritative role, in developing a national battle plan against cyber attacks.

That is according to Bruce McConnell, senior counselor and director of cyber strategy at the Department of Homeland Security‘s national protection and programs directorate.

During an Oct. 4 panel discussion at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, McConnell said the goal is to develop a uniform plan on fighting cyber threats between the private sector, government agencies and technical experts.

McConnell cited botnets, a collection of computers infected by a single person or program, as one of the largest threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

“They can be the vectors of serious threats or can hide other threats and make them harder to find,” McConnell said.

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