Wednesday, March 11, 2009

House hearing: U.S. in "dangerous" cybersecurity state

(from SC Magazine) Public and private cybersecurity experts, in a hearing before Congress on Tuesday, discussed goals and challenges of federal government cybersecurity initiatives going forward.

During the hearing before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology, witnesses discussed goals for the 60-day review of federal government cybersecurity initiatives ordered last month by President Obama. The review is underway, being overseen by former Bush aide, Melissa Hathaway.

“We find ourselves in an extremely dangerous situation today – too many vulnerabilities exist on too many critical networks, which are exposed to too many skilled attackers who can inflict too many damages to our systems,” said Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., who chairs the subcommittee, during opening statements. “Unfortunately, to this day, too few people are even aware of these dangers, and fewer still are doing anything about it.” [...]

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