By Ben Bain
Nov 06, 2009
Current computer security efforts resemble the arcade game "Whac-A-Mole"
and demonstrate the overall need for a more secure cyber ecosystem,
according to senior DHS cybersecurity official Bruce McConnell.
"A threat pops up here, we whack it down, and another one comes up here
- this is the environment that many of your enterprise cybersecurity
official, told a crowd of information technology vendors Nov. 5. "We
can't continue to play Whac-A-Mole; we've got to move forward and have a
fundamentally more secure [cyber] ecosystem."
McConnell said current conditions aren.t sufficient because of the very
large number of people online, the increasingly complexity of computer
networks, and the economic and security importance of IT systems.
"[W]e can't get there - to real security - today, but at the same time
we have to continue to work to secure where we are today, [while] at the
same time planning for tomorrow," he said.
McConnell said a more secure cyber environment will require:
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