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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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Obama is a walking security risk
By Beenthere on 2/11/2009 9:23:34 AM , Rating: -1
Not only is his CRACKberry a security risk, the man is a walking security risk. He actually has no clue on cyber security, national security or PC security. Denial is going to cost the U.S. big and many will die due to his denial.

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By Suomynona on 2/11/2009 9:36:33 AM , Rating: 1
WTF are you talking about?

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By Dreifort on 2/11/2009 9:44:01 AM , Rating: 2
Obama's idea of "security" is having everyone agree "not to".

Space Weapons ban...we won't build 'em and we expect you not to either.

Furthered Nuclear dismantling.... we will get rid of our nukes, we expect you to do it too.

War on Terror... we will meet with your leaders face to face and take their word they won't attack us.

Cabinet Member security... you said you paid your taxes so I believe you.

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By Regs on 2/11/2009 10:27:38 AM , Rating: 2
"We're going to have to set up a meeting with HU Jintao"
"He's stealing too many of our secreats"

Good luck Obama! I'm sure he'll be very open for discussion about it.

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By PhoenixKnight on 2/11/2009 2:29:31 PM , Rating: 2
Furthered Nuclear dismantling.... we will get rid of our nukes, we expect you to do it too.
War on Terror... we will meet with your leaders face to face and take their word they won't attack us.

Wasn't it Ronald Reagan who started those things with regard to Russia?

By steven975 on 2/11/2009 2:45:30 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, but he verified, too.

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By PhoenixKnight on 2/11/2009 9:47:14 AM , Rating: 5
Beenthere, what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone on this site is now dumber for having read it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

By callmeroy on 2/11/2009 10:17:10 AM , Rating: 2
Nice movie quote/para-phrase....Billy Madison FTW!

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By bighairycamel on 2/11/2009 9:48:51 AM , Rating: 3
It's hard for me to believe that any U.S. president has been a walking encyclopedia of information technology knowledge.

By PhoenixKnight on 2/11/2009 10:33:26 AM , Rating: 2
I highly doubt any elected official in the entire Federal Government, including the people whose jobs it are to regulate this stuff, know much about information technology or cyber security.

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By callmeroy on 2/11/2009 10:35:43 AM , Rating: 3
Well I get the stereotype and while I support the spirit, in all reality though the President doesn't NEED to be a guru on cyber security and grab a hold of the hand rails -- national security either. Now before you (or others) flame post back replies of "ARE YOU FRIGGIN INSANE!" or the like...the President is essentially the executive in charge of the nation's affairs. The President is responsible for our nation's security of course -- to think otherwise is foolish. But he acheives security by having the foresight, diplomatic skills, leadership, intellect and even common sense to refer to the true security experts in our military generals, security consultants, CIA/FBI/NSA, and on and on...but he himself doesn't need to be an expert in National Security.

A presidency is largely a success or failure not just by the president himself but his cabinet...but the public never see that , they just blame the president (which I kind of agree with btw since "the buck stops" at the president -- or at least is supposed to).

As for his blackberry -- its far more secured than any other PDA in the world right now. And do any of us every think in an increasing technology based world that technology would never reach the oval office at some point in time?

RE: Obama is a walking security risk
By Smilin on 2/11/2009 6:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
It's NOT a blackberry. It's a Windows Mobile device and it's very secure.

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