Thursday, April 23, 2009

Obama's Cyber Czar Offers Few Details on Govt. Strategy


Those who were hoping to hear details today about how the Obama administration plans to revamp the government's approach to cyber security threats may have to wait a little while longer.
In a much-anticipated speech at the RSA security conference in San Francisco today, Melissa Hathaway, the White House's top cyber official, instead highlighted all of the meetings, studies, and recommendations that have informed the administration's 60-day cyberspace policy review, which was completed last week. But details about how the administration might seek to organize and streamline the government's cyber efforts were lacking.
Much of the coverage of the administration's cyber review has focused on the power struggle on cyber underway between the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency. The Obama administration also is finalizing plans for
a new Pentagon command to coordinate the security of military computer networks and to develop new offensive cyber weapons. Meanwhile, civil liberty advocates are concerned that the government's effort to define cyber security in broad economic and national security terms could sweep virtually every aspect of American life into the mix.

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