Since I wrote about this hearing last weekend the House Homeland Security Committee has updated its web site with a list of DHS witnesses that will be testifying at tomorrow’s hearing on cybersecurity information sharing and DHS capabilities. They are:
• Mr. Charles K. Edwards, Acting [emphasis added] Inspector General, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
• Ms. Roberta Stempfley, Acting [emphasis added] Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; and
• Mr. Larry Zelvin, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
It is a sign of the problems that DHS is having with cybersecurity personnel across the board that two of the three DHS witnesses testifying at the hearing are working in an “Acting” capacity. DHS is at a key juncture in the evolving coverage of cybersecurity issues and they cannot hold on to experienced personnel in key positions.