Similarly, some data advocates have expressed concern about the Nsa`s involvement in protecting national computer networks, an area that falls within DHS`s jurisdiction but now includes NSA resources and personnel. Several elements of the agreement appear to be explicitly oriented towards these concerns. Most visible is the allocation of members of the DHS Bureau of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to the NSA to support DHS`s Director of Cyber Security Coordination. The agreement also notes that the director and his team will work outside the NSA chain of command. The focus on preserving existing responsibilities and cybersecurity responsibility at home also contrasts with concerns about the NSA`s involvement at the national level. However, such security measures have not alleviated all concerns, such as that of Laura W. Murphy of the ACLU, who laments that the proposal is not „subject to sound public debate.“ The agreement „reflects the commitment of both departments to cooperate to improve the protection and defense of the U.S. country of origin against strategic cyber threats,“ said Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security. With this agreement, which comes into force immediately, we are creating a new framework between our departments to improve operational coordination and joint programming. It formalizes the processes in which we work together to protect our nation`s cyber networks and critical infrastructure, and increases the clarity and focus of our respective roles and responsibilities.
The agreement engages DoD`s cyber-analysts within DHS to better support the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and sends a full-time DHS chief to DoD`s National Security Agency, as well as a support team consisting of data protection, civil liberties and legal staff. The agreement will ensure that the priorities of both agencies and requests for assistance are clearly communicated and respected. The most tangible aspect of the agreement is the exchange of personnel which, according to the DoD press release, aims to improve communication channels, in particular communication with priorities and requests for support. As part of the agreement, DHS will appoint a Director of Cyber Security Coordination, who will work for the National Security Agency (NSA) and work as DHS` cybersecurity officer at the U.S. Cyber Command. In addition, DHS has committed to assigning additional staff to the NSA, including members of the GENERAL Counsel`s DHS office, the Privacy Office and the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Office. In return, DoD will integrate a group of analysts, a Cryptologic Services Group, into DHS` National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) to support DHS cybersecurity operations and synchronize them with DoD`s.