For the non <geeks /> on this board, October is National Cyber Security Awareness month. So I'll do my part by spreading some awareness: U.S. cybersecurity due for FEMA-like calamity??
But more so than FEMA, the department's cybersecurity functions have been plagued by a series of damning reports, accusations of bureaucratic bungling, and a rapid exodus of senior staff that's worrying experts and industry groups.The farce of federal cyber security?
Over the past several years, various Washington entities, from the General Accounting Office to assorted Congressional committees, conducted surveys and issued reports on the state of the federal government's information security posture. In each case, with few exceptions, the findings range from the scathing to the downright embarrassing, and remain essentially unchanged since the mid-1990s.
In this day in age of high speed broadband, wireless, automated, on-demand, digital, hightech mumbo jumbo (yes that's a technical term) we find ourselves increasingly connected to the world around us. But for every new PDA or cell phone that we connect to our shared networks, is another chance to suffer the pains of information or identity theft, spam mail, privacy violations, trojans, virus and worms, or any of the other fun stuff out in the wild. If some 16 year old script kiddie can release a virus that takes networks down across the world, do you think Al-Qaeda might be considering it? So what's a federal government to do?!
Please try to explain your <geeked /> out answers so they make sense to everyone you
s Do you see cyber-terror as a major threat to the security of America?
What role and scope should the federal government have in protecting Americans from a cyber attack?
What measures should be undertaken to increase the effectiveness of the Department of Homeland Security in dealing with and preventing cyber terrorism?
CSIA US CERT CSPRI Center for democracy and tech. Electronic Frontier Foundation