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Don't wait for the government to secure cyberspace

If you’re waiting for the government to secure cyberspace, it’s going to be a while. During a recent CSO roundtable in Boston, Richard Clarke, former special adviser to the president for cyberspace security, said that chief security officers looking for the federal government to take the lead on cybersecurity should look elsewhere. Though he praised the president’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace – a plan he helped draft – Clarke said that the massive new Department of Homeland Security, in theory the government’s lead agency for cybersecurity and threat information analysis, exists only on paper. It will be five to seven years before the 22 federal agencies that make up the Department of Homeland Security shake off their distinctive cultures and begin functioning together as parts of a new department, Clarke said. “Think of AOL Time Warner or HP and Compaq, and then multiply those mergers by 22,” he said. Full Story

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