Friday, January 9, 2009

Top cops urge greater focus on cybersecurity

SecurityFocus
With cybercrime booming and terrorists becoming more proficient in using the Internet, the United States and other nations must put a greater focus on solving the problems posed by Internet threats, top law enforcement officials said this week.

Shawn Henry, assistant director of the FBI's cyber division, told attendees at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York on Tuesday that cyber attacks on critical infrastructure come second in importance only to the threat of weapons of mass destruction, Agence France-Presse reported. Deputy Attorney General Mark R. Filip echoed the sentiment on Wednesday, stating that organized criminals are becoming more adept at using the Internet for large, complex schemes.

"We must secure the our cyber infrastructure in a manner that addresses threats from foreign armies, adversary intelligence services, criminals and terrorists," Filip stated in prepared remarks. "It's hard to exaggerate how important this is or how hard it is to accomplish fully."

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