Computer systems and networks that make up the Internet have become critical to our everyday lives. As these systems have evolved to become even more indispensible, so too have the hacking techniques of our adversaries evolved. On a daily basis, the government and owners and operators of privately owned critical infrastructure are confronted with threats from terrorists, rogue states, and hackers that are growing more targeted, more sophisticated, and more serious.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for securing the networks of Federal civilian departments and agencies, often referred to as “the .gov domain.” In addition, DHS is the lead agency for coordinating protection, mitigation, and response for information networks used by the owners and operators of critical infrastructure.
In performing its oversight of DHS cybersecurity efforts, the Committee on Homeland Security seeks to ensure that DHS has the tools, knowledge, and processes necessary to protect these networks and computer systems.