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Cyber-Security Coordination Lacking, Senators Contend

Government Urged to Establish Lead Role. Two senior U.S. senators yesterday sharply questioned the federal government’s strategy for defending critical corporate and government computer systems from attacks by terrorists and hackers. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) expressed surprise and frustration when a Department of Homeland Security official testified that his agency has not compiled a comprehensive analysis of vulnerabilities to cyber-attacks. Kyl said the number of security intrusions reported to the Internet security coordination center at Carnegie Mellon rose from 84,000 in 2002 to 137,000 in 2003, some causing millions of dollars in damages. Amit Yoran, who heads the department’s cyber-security division formed last year, said the Department of Homeland Security takes an integrated approach to all terrorist threats and does not look at computer vulnerabilities in isolation. Full Story

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