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Government, industry debate cybersecurity remedies

A congressional subcommittee took federal agencies to task Tuesday for their poor progress in securing their computer systems. The rebuke came two days before industry technology experts are expected to release reports on ways to fix the private sector’s own security woes. During an oversight hearing on federal agencies’ progress in securing their systems, members of the House Committee on Government Reform’s Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations, and the Census noted a measured improvement in the computer security of 24 agencies but chastised the groups for moving too slow. Although network security increased on average for the federal agencies in 2003, only half of the federal groups had completed basic security assessments of every system on their networks. “Our government has taken very dramatic steps to increase our physical security, but protecting our information networks has not progressed commensurately, either in the public or private sector,” subcommittee chair Adam Putnam, D-Fla., said in a statement. “We are collectively not moving fast enough to protect the American people and the U.S. economy from the very real threats that exist today.” Full Story

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