In order to better meet its mission, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may merge its cybersecurity unit with its infrastructure protection unit, according to Todd Keil, assistant secretary of homeland security for infrastructure protection.
“We do joint assessments, we look at the threat together, and we’re actually through some organizational changes that we’re making in our organizations.” Keil said. “We’re going to be partnering closer and closer as we work on these things jointly…that’s the way forward for us.”
It has not been determined if or how such a merger would take place but Keil said that any merger would be guided by input from the private sector.
“It’s actually something we’re still looking at. We’re not just going to merge them for the sake of merging them,” Keil said. “That just makes no sense. Are there some components of (OIP) and components of CS&C that are going to merge and/or work very closely together? Sure. It just makes sense.”