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Presidential Committee Criticizes IT Infrastructure Security

The country’s IT infrastructure is highly vulnerable to attack by terrorists and cybercriminals, according to a report that also recommends several remedies. The President’s IT Advisory Committee on Friday released the results of a report criticizing the country’s IT infrastructure as highly vulnerable to attack by terrorists and cybercriminals. The situation, however, can be remedied through an increased focus on cybersecurity research and development and a rapid transfer of new technologies to the private sector, according to the report, titled “Cyber Security: A Crisis Of Prioritization.” “The IT infrastructure is highly vulnerable to premeditated attacks with potentially catastrophic effects,” committee chair Marc Benioff and co-chair Edward Lazowska wrote in a Feb. 28 letter to President Bush. This infrastructure includes the public Internet as well as power grids, air-traffic-control systems, financial systems, and military and intelligence systems, they add. Benioff is the CEO of Salesforce.com Inc., and Lazowska is chair of the University of Washington’s computer-science and engineering department. Full Story

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