By Roy Mark
President-elect Barack Obama has promised to appoint a national
cyber-security adviser. According to a report by the Defense Science
Board, the cyber-security czar will inherit a civilian and military
information infrastructure that is ill-prepared for advanced
cyber-attacks, such as denial of service and malicious modification of
information. The United States' vulnerability to cyber-attacks in space
presents a particular challenge for the new leaders.
President-elect Barack Obama will inherit a Department of Defense
increasingly concerned about advance cyber-threats to the nation's
civilian and military information infrastructures, according to a report
by the Defense Science Board.
The Board, a federal advisory committee established to provide
independent advice to the Secretary of Defense, said in its Nov. 4
report, "Defense Imperatives for the New Administration,"  (PDF) that
while many cyber-security studies are under way and budgets are being
developed under President Bush's classified National Cyber Security
Initiative, much more needs to be done. The National Cyber Security
Initiative was begun in January and is estimated to cost as much as $30
billion over the next seven years.
"There has been little actual progress to date in terms of implementing
cyber-security improvements against advanced threats," the report
stated. "The options open to adversaries are many and varied."
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