Three Strikes For U.S. Cybersecurity

    Date20 Nov 2002
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The U.S. government flunked a computer-security review for the third consecutive year on Tuesday, showing no improvement despite increased attention from high-level officials. Government agencies that oversee military forces, prosecute criminals, coordinate emergency response efforts and set financial policy all . . . The U.S. government flunked a computer-security review for the third consecutive year on Tuesday, showing no improvement despite increased attention from high-level officials. Government agencies that oversee military forces, prosecute criminals, coordinate emergency response efforts and set financial policy all received failing grades from congressional investigators.

    The Department of Transportation, whose computer systems guide commercial aircraft and allocate millions of dollars in highway funding, received the lowest score, 28 out of a possible 100.

    Stung by a series of electronic break-ins and Internet-based attacks, Congress has voted to triple spending on cybersecurity research efforts while the Bush administration is pulling together a much-publicized set of guidelines for businesses and individuals.

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