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After months of speculation, Obama makes an announcement that doesn't really shock anyone

President Barack Obama announced he plans to create and select a cybersecurity coordinator aimed at helping the United States defend itself from foreign-based intrusion.

"I'll depend on this official in all matters relating to cyber security, and this official will have my full support and regular access to me as we confront these challenges," Obama said during a press conference on Friday.  "Our technological advantage is a key to America's military dominance.  But our defense and military networks are under constant attack."

There has been growing talk of a possible tech czar, with notable data intrusions into U.S. universities, banks, power grids and government computers from hackers reportedly based in Eastern Europe and China.  Obama's recent comments -- and a majority of the cybersecurity report -- includes details cybersecurity experts have long told Obama, but his interest in the sector may be the biggest helping hand.

"A lot of the things that were discussed this morning have been said before, but it is a very big deal when the president says them," according to Larry Clinton, Internet Security Alliance president.

However, some security experts are concerned that Obama's efforts simply aren't enough, and by the time new rules are implemented the rules may be outdated already.  The experts agree there are major concerns related to how secure the U.S. infrastructure is, but most experts cannot agree how to properly make sure the U.S. is safe from attack.

Experts especially approved when Obama mentioned his case of identity theft, which helps normal people realize it can happen to anyone, anywhere.  "I know how it feels to have privacy violated because it has happened to me," Obama said while campaigning.

At least one expert remains worried that Obama's cyber security efforts seem focused more so on the defense of information networks, while electrical and power infrastructure issues have been left in the dark -- to be fair, however, some politicians are now thinking about creating an electric grid cybersecurity bill.



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History repeating itself?
By borowki2 on 6/3/2009 12:47:13 PM , Rating: 2
The last time a czar took charge of national security matters of a country, soldiers ended up going into battlefields with no guns because of poor management. Thousands died daily. While in the home front, economic misery rose to unbearable level. The country was overrun by its enemies and the autocratic regime eventually collapsed. Just prior to that happening, its feckless leaders drowned the cultish figure that had brought ruin to them all in a little pond.




RE: History repeating itself?
By kattanna on 6/3/2009 2:12:39 PM , Rating: 2
so when is bush being drowned in a pond?

;>)


RE: History repeating itself?
By FITCamaro on 6/4/2009 9:19:58 AM , Rating: 2
Nevermind that more people are killed each day in some of our biggest, most crime ridden cities than in Iraq or Afghanistan. And thats not just now.


RE: History repeating itself?
By Regs on 6/5/2009 9:46:58 AM , Rating: 2
He could likely drown himself in a shallow pond. I picture the "Little John" in the Men In Tights scene when Robbin Hood tried to cross the creek and had to pay a toll.

I'm not trying to slight his leadership abilities, but he just looks like that type of guy.


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