Feds Falling Short on Cybersecurity

    Date10 Apr 2003
    CategoryGovernment
    2683
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The new Department of Homeland Security lacks the resources and expertise to execute the core elements of the Bush administration's cybersecurity plan, the president's former cybersecurity adviser told Congress today. . . The new Department of Homeland Security lacks the resources and expertise to execute the core elements of the Bush administration's cybersecurity plan, the president's former cybersecurity adviser told Congress today.

    In his first appearance on Capitol Hill since leaving the White House in February, former cybersecurity czar Richard Clarke warned lawmakers against the "dangerous" tendency to dismiss the consequences of an attack on the nation's computer networks.

    "For many, the cyber threat is hard to understand; no one has died in a cyberattack, after all, there has never been a smoking ruin for cameras to see," said Clarke, now a security consultant. "It is the kind of thinking that said we never had a major foreign terrorist attack in the United States, so we never would; al Qaeda has just been a nuisance, so it never will be more than that."

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