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There is growing concern among government officials that the United States isn't doing enough protect the country's computer networks

President Barack Obama has issued a 60-day review of federal cyber security just days after numerous high-profile hacker intrusions, including an attack on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

During the review, the government expects to look at the "plans, programs and activities" of U.S. cyber security efforts against both domestic and foreign attacks.

"The national security and economic health of the United States depend on the security, stability, and integrity of our nation's cyberspace, both in the public and private sectors," President Obama's assistant for counterterrorism and homeland security John Brennan said in a statement.

Several security experts accused former President Bush's cybersecurity team of neglecting possible cyber attacks, while also stating the U.S. Department of Homeland Security was ill-equipped to deal with cybersecurity.

The U.S. government has Northrop Grumman, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin working on numerous cyber security projects, although most of the projects are classified.  Industry analysts predict cyber security to one of the fastest-growing markets in the coming years, with the government issuing more than $10 billion in contracts over the next four years.

Security experts are still worried about the unprecedented level of vulnerability facing U.S. assets, as hackers have the potential to destroy banking records, stop electric power distribution, plus a number of other activities that could have a negative effect on the U.S.

In addition, China has drastically increased its cyber espionage, and continues to steal "vast amounts" of classified information from U.S. computer networks while the government continues to do little to stop it.

Obama will also focus on the physical protection of data -- it was recently published a New Zealand man purchased an MP3 player that contained troop deployments in Afghanistan, equipment deployments, private information on soldiers, and other personal information. 

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Resistence is futile...
By hameed on 2/11/2009 8:12:17 AM , Rating: 2
Nothing is hack proof.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Master Kenobi on 2/11/2009 8:21:44 AM , Rating: 1
All of the real important data is completely isolated. You don't hear about them getting hacked or devices with their data on them being lost.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By nosfe on 2/11/2009 9:31:05 AM , Rating: 2
you mean like social security numbers?

RE: Resistence is futile...
By quiksilvr on 2/11/2009 11:46:29 AM , Rating: 1
Oh God don't get me started on SSN. I hate those damn things. Why is it required to have Social Security? It should be an option (see you got me started, good job). I understand why it was important during the depression but in this day and age, you shouldn't be forced to put your money into a retirement plan that has little guarantee of it paying you back.

Job places should say this: "Okay, you can either choose to pay social security, we can automatically transfer 10% of your check to a savings account, or keep it for yourself. We do recommend saving a piece of it for the future, but that's your choice." If people are too dumb to save for the future, then that's their own fault.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By joex444 on 2/11/2009 12:14:26 PM , Rating: 2
Believe me I understand what you're saying. But if you let anyone just discard social security (some jobs, such as public school teachers, have retirement plans which substitute for SS and actually work), then you'll run into more problems. If we have a bunch of financially irresponsible people who have no retirement savings -- and if I have my figures correct, its nearly 50% that have no appreciable retirement plans by the age of 50 -- then they'll either be stuck working until they die or are physically unable to work. I'm fine with this as long as they know what they're getting themselves into. But, it is not socially responsible to let people do this to themselves. It would be like turning your back on an alcoholic, you aren't helping them you're just ignoring the problem. My point is that if you let people take all their money home and spend it on things TODAY they will have nothing for retirement when they can no longer work. This creates a huge social burden and we would then have to fund senior citizen welfare projects and the like. With this being the alternative to social security, I'll say that social security is broken, but its the best option we have. Companies have shown time and time again they are only interested in their own bottom line. The years of service you provide a corporation are meaningless to them, they would just as soon fire you three days before you are eligible to collect retirement to avoid paying you an annuity. Depending on companies is like relying on the devil, you're fucked either way.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By ebakke on 2/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Resistence is futile...
By toyotabedzrock on 2/11/2009 7:02:45 PM , Rating: 2
I'm sure he means things like, presidential communications, information on deployment of nuclear weapons and submarines, etc. Our SSN numbers aren't all that important compared to such things.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Fireshade on 2/11/2009 9:56:50 AM , Rating: 2
I say we get back to writing on paper.
It's more hackproof, because you need physical contact, actual pen-wielding skills and it will instantly create a million jobs.

Just an idea, of course ;-)

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Nfarce on 2/11/2009 11:16:13 AM , Rating: 2
I say we get back to writing on paper.

Actually the federal government has a lot of highly sensitive material on paper only and it is stored in a secretive remote facility underground ala Fort Knox and managed by Iron Mountain (and secured by the US military). I saw a show about this very subject of security last year on either the History Channel or NatGeo. Pretty cool stuff..

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Imaginer on 2/11/2009 12:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention encryption in the form of bad handwriting that only the originating author can recognize!

RE: Resistence is futile...
By DigitalFreak on 2/11/2009 1:43:38 PM , Rating: 2
Doctors - the new encryption specialists!

RE: Resistence is futile...
By hameed on 2/11/2009 10:21:43 AM , Rating: 2
All of the real important data is completely isolated. You don't hear about them getting hacked or devices with their data on them being lost.

So all of these are lies?

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Master Kenobi on 2/11/2009 11:00:40 AM , Rating: 4
I'm saying you don't see the intelligence sector losing laptops with sensitive data on them. Just regular government idiocy.

Having worked in a classified environment, they are extremely strict about such things. You can't even get internet access on those networks/computers.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Nfarce on 2/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Resistence is futile...
By Nfarce on 2/11/09, Rating: -1
RE: Resistence is futile...
By DigitalFreak on 2/11/2009 1:47:07 PM , Rating: 4
No, it's because people get tired of the same old crap from folks like you. You always find a way to work your anti-Obama rhetoric into everything. The anti-Bush people were the same way for the last 8 years. It's getting old...

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Nfarce on 2/11/2009 5:20:52 PM , Rating: 1
Well that's too bad. I'm going to speak my mind about asinine government programs no matter who is at the helm. As a Libertarian, I get hit from both the left and the right when speaking my mind.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Hieyeck on 2/11/2009 8:57:49 AM , Rating: 2
Why rate him down, he's spot on.

RE: Resistence is futile...
By Dreifort on 2/11/09, Rating: 0
RE: Resistence is futile...
By Moishe on 2/11/2009 9:20:04 AM , Rating: 3
Regardless, the US government needs to have a single, consistent policy that addresses information security and this policy needs to be strong and it needs to be enforced.

Anything less is entirely foolish.

"When an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." -- Sony BMG attorney Jennifer Pariser
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