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Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Remarks at The Atlantic's Cybersecurity Forum

Release Date: 
December 16, 2010

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
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Washington, D.C. — Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today delivered remarks about the Department's ongoing efforts to strengthen the nation's cybersecurity at The Atlantic and Government Executive's Cyber Security Forum.

“Cybersecurity is about effective partnerships and shared security,” said Secretary Napolitano. “The Obama administration is committed to working closely with our partners across government and in the private sector to achieve a cyberspace that is safe and resilient, and that remains a source of opportunity and growth”

During her remarks, Secretary Napolitano underscored the Department's efforts to protect federal civilian networks, improve the nation's intrusion detection capabilities, and create more robust and resilient cyber systems that are better equipped to prevent and withstand attacks.

She also highlighted DHS' continued engagement with the private sector and the American public through initiatives such as the “Stop. Think. Connect” public cybersecurity awareness campaign—launched in October to encourage the American public to establish smart cyber habits.

Additionally, Secretary Napolitano highlighted the partnership between DHS and the Department of Defense to work together to combat cyber threats. In October, Secretary Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed an agreement aligning and enhancing America's capabilities to protect against threats to our critical civilian and military computer systems and networks.

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