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R&D work vulnerable to cyber threats

R&D work vulnerable to cyber threats
R&D work vulnerable to cyber threats

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By Ben Bain
March 19, 2009

Cyber vulnerabilities could threaten research and development efforts, 
and action is needed to stop the commercial losses caused by cyber 
attacks, cybersecurity experts told a Senate committee today.

The group of experts testifying before the Senate Commerce, Science and 
Transportation Committee urged more education, research, private-sector 
involvement and regulations to close cyber vulnerabilities. Panelists 
also discussed the need to improve the cybersecurity of the systems used 
to control the delivery of electricity, water, gas and oil.

The government is working on a new Smart Grid that would use computer 
technologies to make the country's energy infrastructure more efficient.

But the government=E2=80=99s plans for increased technology research and a smart 
electric grid could be compromised if cybersecurity is not improved, 
said James Lewis, director of the Center for Strategic and International 
Studies=E2=80=99 Technology and Public Policy Program.


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