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Keeping cybersecurity research quiet

Officials at agencies that fund cybersecurity research sparred about how public completed findings should become. Keeping secrets and bare-bones budgets dominated a discussion about federal cybersecurity research last week at a meeting of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee. Secrecy has become an issue because officials at agencies that provide research funds for cybersecurity disagree about whether research results should be classified. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency officials who spoke at the meeting said they consider most of the agency’s cybersecurity research to be classified. Anthony Tether, DARPA’s director, defended classification. He said that as Defense Department technology advances, weapons increasingly communicate via networks. In that scenario, battlefield networks are as important as the weapons themselves. “If anyone can take our network down, our effectiveness is down to zero,” he said. Full Story

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