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Former Bush Official Blasts Government Cybersecurity

At a congressional hearing yesterday, President George W. Bush’s former cybersecurity adviser blasted the administration’s efforts within the federal government, and another expert called for Congress to force companies to pay attention to cybersecurity. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is moving too slowly in organizing its National Cyber Security Center, and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) needs to hire a full-time chief information security officer to focus on cybersecurity, said Richard Clarke, former special adviser to the president for cyberspace security. The president’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, released in mid-February (see story), can’t move forward without the Homeland Security cybersecurity center, said Clarke, who left the Bush administration two months ago and is now a consultant (see story). The Homeland Security Department has failed to “recruit a cadre of nationally recognized cybersecurity experts,” he said. “I would hope that with cybersecurity we can do more to raise our defenses before we have a major disaster,” Clarke added. “The problems we’ve had to date are minor compared to the potential.” Full Story

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