Two subcommittees of the House Homeland Security Committee held a joint hearing Wednesday to discuss existing federal network security programs and regulations, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Jason Miller writes that Larry Zelvin, director of the National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center, told House lawmakers in a written testimony that legislation is needed to clarify and strengthen the Department of Homeland Security‘s role in cyber operations.
Zelvin also urged legislators to introduce a bill that would address privacy, civil liberty, information sharing and critical system protection issues, according to the station.
He added that a lack of clarity on DHS’ cybersecurity responsibilities has hampered efforts to expand the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention program.
The station reports that Zelvin also discussed how DHS personnel responded to an online security flaw known as Heartbleed.
“DHS worked with civilian agencies to scan their .gov websites and networks for Heartbleed vulnerabilities, and provided technical assistance for issues of concern identified through this process,” Zelvin stated, according to Miller’s article.
“While there was rapid and coordinated federal government response to Heartbleed, the lack of clear and updated laws reflecting the roles and responsibilities of civilian network security caused unnecessary delays in the incident response.”