Cyber Security Key to New U.S Initiative

    Date08 Oct 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3307
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, President Bush's choice to head the Office of Homeland Security, may have trouble coordinating over 40 U.S. agencies, including the FBI and CIA. Federal and other officials say that cyber security will be a key component of the new Office of Homeland Security -- but some computer security experts worry that more bureaucracy will bog down protection.. . . Former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, President Bush's choice to head the Office of Homeland Security, may have trouble coordinating over 40 U.S. agencies, including the FBI and CIA. Federal and other officials say that cyber security will be a key component of the new Office of Homeland Security -- but some computer security experts worry that more bureaucracy will bog down protection.

    While the man named to head the new office, former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge, has a history of tapping technology for public policy issues, there is concern over his ability to coordinate some 40 agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

    And although officials as high as the President of the United States stress the value of secure information in the war on terrorism, industry experts doubt that government can cut through the red tape to protect the Internet.

    "I think there's a big need [for cyber security], but I'm not sure the way the government is going about it will really have much effect," SecurityFocus incident analyst Ryan Russell told NewsFactor Network. "I think we're a long way off from being secure. The best we can do is act responsively, and I don't see that changing for at least the next decade."

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