Nov 10 2008
Michael Chertoff, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, will be here in California tomorrow. He’s hosting a blogger roundtable on Cybersecurity and I’m one of an unknown number of security bloggers who’ll be attending the event and talking to Mr. Chertoff face to face. Quite frankly I was surprised that the Department of Homeland Security was even aware of blogs, let alone willing to step out of Washington to talk to us in person. I probably shouldn’t be, since the TSA has had a blog for months now, even if I rarely agree with what they post there and never take it at face value.
Mr. Chertoff is on his way out due to the change in leadership our country is going through, but he’s held a highly political and thankless job for some time now. He has a unique view of the security of not only our nation, but every nation in the world. So what would you ask the man who’s been responsible for ‘homeland security’? What do you want to know about how we’re doing security at the highest levels? What burning questions about the TSA and your shoes are eating away at you? If it was you going to talk to Mr. Chertoff tomorrow, what’s the one question you’ld ask?
I have a number of my own questions, but I know that you can come up with even better. Leave a comment on this post with the question you’d ask. Keep it short and concise, make it topical to cybersecurity. I won’t be asking any ‘attack’ questions, but I’m perfectly willing to ask some of the hard questions. Personally, I want to know what it’s like to be placed in charge of Homeland Security without any real power to affect change? Except that most security managers already know what that’s like.
We’re allowed to bring cameras and audio equipment, but no video. Most of my equipment is for close up interviews, but I’ll do the best I can with what I have. I’m just hoping the Secret Service doesn’t decide that some of my equipment isn’t acceptable. Or decide that I’m a security risk at the last minute.