U.S. Cyber-Security Efforts Faulted

    Date23 Jul 2002
    CategoryGovernment
    2689
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Years after orders from the White House to beef up the security of the nation's most important computer systems, the government is having trouble identifying which organizations should be involved and how they should be coordinated, according to a new report. . . . Years after orders from the White House to beef up the security of the nation's most important computer systems, the government is having trouble identifying which organizations should be involved and how they should be coordinated, according to a new report.

    President Bush's recent proposal to create a Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security said at least 12 organizations oversee protection of important infrastructure. But the General Accounting Office, the investigating arm of Congress, said it identified at least 50 organizations already involved in such efforts, usually focused on protecting vital computer networks.

    The GAO said those groups include five advisory committees, six organizations under the White House, 38 groups under executive agencies and three others. Within the Defense Department alone, the GAO found seven organizations.

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