U.S. cybersecurity chief resigns in protest over NSA domination

U.S. cybersecurity “tsar” Rod Beckstrom resigned in protest of the dominant role played by the National Security Agency:

NSA effectively controls DHS [Dept of Homeland Security] cyber efforts through detailees, technology insertions, and the proposed move of NPPD and the NCSC to a Fort Meade NSA facility. NSA currently dominates most national cyber efforts…

This is a bad strategy on multiple grounds. The intelligence culture is very different than a network operations or security culture. In addition, the threats to our democratic processes are significant if all top level government network security and monitoring are handled by any one organization (either directly or indirectly).

Posted by James on Monday, March 09, 2009