|Feds Just Can't Hack It|
|Daily News Editorial (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:26:23 -0500
By all indications, our nation's most sensitive data and computer|
systems have woefully poor protection against hackers, thieves and
terrorists. Scandal could turn into national tragedy if the Department
of Homeland Security doesn't get its act together pronto. It has been
more than a year since Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff
promised to name an assistant secretary devoted to cyberspace security
but the job remains unfilled. There are few takers for the job -- in
fact, three cybersecurity officials resigned -- because the White
House decided to put the chief of information security in a
low-ranking slot, without daily access to Chertoff.
This bureaucratic foolishness and paralysis comes more than three
Computers and the Internet are used to control and coordinate
A cyberattack could plunge all or part of the nation into chaos.
Still, federal bureaucrats have their heads stuck in the sand. In May,
It gets worse.
The head of the VA acknowledged he wasn't even informed of the data
The laxity of the Veterans Affairs Department isn't an isolated case;
Every day, according to a recent report in The Washington Post,
Last year, an unknown intruder got into a computer at the National
Years before the 9/11 terrorist attack and the destruction of New
Chertoff has got to do better -- before it gets worse.
Originally published on July 25, 2006
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