Two are better than one. And the federal government is hoping that maxim holds true when it comes to fending off potential cyber attacks.
Computer experts at the secretive National Security Agency will be joining forces with the Homeland Security Department to combat online assaults. However, the union is raising concerns among civil liberties advocates. They say there have to be safeguards to make sure the partnership between the spy agency and Homeland Security doesn’t end up violating privacy rights of U.S. citizens. Officials of the agencies say the plan will include increased oversight legal and privacy professionals to see to it that individuals’ rights are protected. But privacy officials say outside watchdogs should also be allowed to monitor the new partnership’s activities.