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


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