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article imageUnited States cyber-security declared an embarrassment

By Jane Fazackarley     Apr 29, 2009 in Technology
The effectiveness of America's cyber-security has been coming in for some criticism today from top experts. One of them has called it "childlike" and another has declared it has "broken".
The comments come as President Obama is currently getting ready to publish the details of a report he has requested into security.
The report by the government is likely to be available to the public to comment on. This should happen sometime at the end of the month.
Barack Obama is also due to confirm the appointment of a cyber-security tsar. This is part of a commitment by the Obama administration to make security one of their priorities.
Over recent weeks problems with cyber-security have been highlighted after some very public breaches. One of these included the the power grid for the United States and another involved the Joint Strike Fighter Project which was hacked into.
Politicians are taking this issue very seriously and have brought in several new bills to help improve the security of the Internet.
One of these new bills allows the president to remove government information from cyber-space should there be a risk to the countries security.
Benjamin Jun of Cryptography Research. said:
"I think we are more aware of security than ever before,"
"We are looking at risk in a new way and the good security practitioners are in the hot seat. It's time for them to do their job."
Asheem Chandna of Greylock Partners said this:
"For the evolution of the internet, I think we need the next wave of innovation. The industry clearly needs to step up and deliver the next set of technologies to protect people and stay ahead of the bad guys."
"We want smaller companies that are innovating in Silicon Valley to be given a better chance to help government agencies meet their mandate but the bureaucracy to do this hinders these companies.
"Instead they go to commercial customers because they see the value, they move fast, they see the return on investment and the competitive advantage it can give them. The federal government is more of a laggard in this area,"
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