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Lawmakers See Cyberterror Vulnerability

Lawmakers are charging that government agencies and industry are not doing enough to protect the country’s power plants, industries and financial institutions from the threat of cyberterrorism attacks. At one recent hearing, House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.) complained that “not nearly enough” research and development is underway. He argued that government agencies have neither sought nor set aside adequate funding to implement the goals of the Cybersecurity Research and Development Act passed last fall. Boehlert He also complained that the newly formed Department of Homeland Security is not forcefully implementing the act and that the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is reducing cyberterrorism funding. His committee has pushed for cyberterrorism programs to be included in the Homeland Security Act as well as the Cybersecurity Research and Development Act, Boehlert said. “The war against terrorism will be won as much in the laboratory as on the battlefield,” said Boehlert in a speech earlier this spring. Full Story

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