[ISN] Yoran named head of national cybersecurity

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Date: Tue Sep 16 2003 - 04:25:41 PDT

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    By Diane Frank 
    Sept. 15, 2003
    Homeland Security Department officials today named Amit Yoran as
    director of the department's National Cyber Security Division, which
    serves as the country's central coordination point for all cyber
    incident awareness, preparation, warning and response.
    Secretary Tom Ridge created the division in June, and officials have
    been working to find a leader who could bring the necessary experience
    and presence to work with government and industry on infrastructure
    protection. Yoran, currently vice president of managed security
    services at Symantec Corp., will ably fill that role, said Robert
    Liscouski, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection at DHS.
    Liscouski spoke at a breakfast meeting sponsored by the Information
    Technology Association of America.
    The division includes many of the pieces in the federal cybersecurity
    world that moved over to DHS in the transition, including the Federal
    Computer Incident Response Center, the National Infrastructure
    Protection Center and the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office.
    Officials within the Cyber Security division have been continuing
    their work even without a permanent leader, and have started
    developing coordinated warning and response procedures in the course
    of handling incidents such as the Blaster worm and SoBig.F virus over
    the last month. However, having a leader in place will allow them to
    move forward on many of the new initiatives that were included in the
    National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, said Sallie McDonald, acting
    director of outreach and awareness at the division.
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