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The criticality and immediacy for action cannot be overstated.
The recommendations by GAO to the Department of Homeland Security requires the combined and unified participation by all military departments, the Department of Justice, the Department of Commerce, federal agencies responsible for regulating the maritime and shipping industry, the Department of Transportation, representatives from the maritime and shipping industry and community, and experts in cybersecurity. The GAO multi-tasking to the Department of Homeland Security is an added layer of oversight and administration that diminishes the expeditious handling of this issue, efficient and effective implementation, and delivery of the required cybersecurity systems. The Department of Homeland Security was created to be the singular agency, the demonstrated history and record has not been kind.
A recent catastrophes and recent IT implementation are lessons learned.
The time is now. Move on, move forward with new knowledge-based, innovative applications and methodologies.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies is recommended as the lead agency.