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DHS secretary Napolitano's exit leaves leadership vacuum

Antone Gonsalves | July 15, 2013
Departure brings the number of vacant or soon-to-be vacant leadership positions at Homeland Security to 15, seven requiring confirmation

Her successor will have to move as fast in driving the next phase, which includes establishing standards and best practices for protecting critical infrastructure, such as the nation's power grid, and building better collaboration between government and the private sector.

Nevertheless, Kevin Coleman, cyberterrorism expert for The Technolytics Institute, said getting the right replacement for Napolitano was most important. "The wrong candidate could have far greater consequences than a short time delay in filling the spots," he said.


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