President Barack Obama’s administration announced steps yesterday to boost civil-military coordination against cyber threats said to be mounting against sensitive U.S. computer networks.

 

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano spelled out fresh arrangements between their departments to synchronize their response to a wide range of threats.

 

A memorandum of agreement signed by the two secretaries and made public yesterday puts Department of Defense cyber analysts within the Department of Homeland Security-led National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

 

It also sends a full-time DHS leader to the DOD’s supersecretive National Security Agency along with a support team comprised of DHS privacy, civil liberties and legal personnel.