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Secret Service Agent To Lead DHS Cyber Division

A cybercrime investigator at the U.S. Secret Service has been named to head the Department of Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, Security Fix has learned.

Cornelius F. Tate, a graduate of University of Mississippi, currently heads up the Technical Security Division at Secret Service. Tate also is a member of the Electronic Crimes Special Agent Program, a Secret Service team made up of agents who conduct forensic analysis of computer systems. DHS established the NCSD to serve as a 24/7 watch center to share information between the private sector and the government about the latest cyber attacks.

According to a "welcome aboard" e-mail sent to NCSD employees today, Tate "was actively involved in email and Internet traces regarding threats against the network. He has also served as the Secret Service's Chief Information Officer and with the CERT/Coordination Center team at Carnegie Mellon University."

The message says Tate's oversight will include the US-CERT, federal Network Security, network security deployment, global cyber security management, and critical infrastructure cyber protection and Awareness. DHS also says Tate will play a key role in leading the nation's cyber initiative, a classified effort established by President Bush in January that aims to better lock down and defend federal networks.

By Brian Krebs  |  April 3, 2008; 12:43 PM ET
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This could spark a much needed mission focus (mission selection?) change for DHS. That would be a good thing.

Posted by: GTexas | April 3, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse

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