Some former government cybersecurity experts said atÂ a House committee hearing held Wednesday they believe Congress should elevate the Department of Homeland Security’s authority to protect federal networks, Nextgov reported Wednesday.
Joseph Marks writesÂ House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul asked a panel of four cyber specialists during the panel meeting about their views on a proposed bill to realign DHS’Â National Protection and Programs Directorate.
McCaul introduced a bill last yearÂ that sought toÂ rebrand NPPDÂ asÂ the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Agency and split the directorate intoÂ cybersecurity, infrastructure protection, emergency communications and federal protective service divisions, Marks reported.
Retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former commander of the U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency, called for the formation ofÂ a single civilian cyber defense agency withinÂ DHS or another federal department that wouldÂ collaborate with the departments of Defense and Justice on cybersecurity efforts.
Frank Cilluffo, who served as special assistant to the president for homeland security inÂ the George W. Bush administration, told the committee that DHS shouldÂ focusÂ its cyberÂ efforts more onÂ the four lifeline sectors.