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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: Resistence is futile...
By Nfarce on 2/11/2009 11:12:11 AM , Rating: -1
Just regular government idiocy

Well get used to it under this new administration. After all, Obama said that only government can solve our problems. I can't wait for government health care, government managed retirement (oh wait, that's Social Security - I can't wait for my non-$1,800 month in 25 years), government monitoring of home emissions under the Green Branch, government monitoring of internet usage, government road and bridge upgrades (oh wait, that's the DOT - send in more government clowns to sit on the job and take five years to widen 30 miles of interstate!), government monitoring of how I raise my children, government monitoring of what I do with my firearms, and finally, I can't wait until I get my very own personal government minder to ensure I don't get out of line and speak out against all of the above. (And no, this is not hyperbole).

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.

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