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The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the American homeland and the safety of American citizens. The Secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet. The position was created by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
- Ensures the integrity, confidentiality, availability, authenticity, and nonrepudiation of information and information systems.
- Ensures that DHS implements its IT Security Program throughout the lifecycle of each DHS system.
- Submits (1) the Chief Information Officer’s assessment of the adequacy and effectiveness of the Department’s information security procedures, practices, and FISMA compliance, and (2) the results of an independent information security program evaluation performed by the DHS Inspector General, annually to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).