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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 ebakke on 2/11/2009 1:53:29 PM , Rating: 0
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some jobs, such as public school teachers, have retirement plans which substitute for SS and actually work
Define "work".
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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.
So it's socially responsible to bail others out after they made the conscious choice to be financially irresponsible? I don't think so.
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It would be like turning your back on an alcoholic, you aren't helping them you're just ignoring the problem.
If I gave the alcoholic all of the information necessary and he/she chose to ignore it, that's not my fault. I would feel no guilt for leaving that person to fend for himself.
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This creates a huge social burden and we would then have to fund senior citizen welfare projects and the like.
We wouldn't have to fund anything. Though it's apparent by your post that you believe we should.
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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 f'd either way.
I disagree with the general thought that "companies are pure evil", but you are correct in that a company's primary goal is always to maximize profits for its owners. This includes lowering costs, which obviously includes salaries and retirement benefits. But none of that has anything to do with the government requiring you to contribute to the social security system.


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