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Government devotes more brainpower and money to cybersecurity




Government devotes more brainpower and money to cybersecurity
Government devotes more brainpower and money to cybersecurity



http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/21/AR2010062104680.html 

By Walter Pincus
The Washington Post
June 22, 2010

Cybersecurity, fast becoming Washington's growth industry of choice, 
appears to be in line for a multibillion-dollar injection of federal 
research dollars, according to a senior intelligence official.

Delivering the keynote address at a recent cybersecurity summit 
sponsored by Defense Daily, Dawn Meyerriecks, deputy director of 
national intelligence for acquisition and technology, said that along 
with the White House Office of Science and Technology, her office is 
going to sponsor major research "where the government's about to spend 
multiple billions of dollars."

This newest element of the federal cybersecurity initiative will not be 
looking for what Mayerriecks called "classic Beltway . . . commercial 
answers" to be applied to today's hacker problems at federal agencies. 
"I think we need to be really innovative, because I think we're going to 
run out of runway on our current approach," she said.

Three themes are to be stressed in this upcoming cybersecurity research 
agenda, she said. The first is called "tailored trustworthy spaces," 
which means creating different security levels for different government 
and non-government Internet activities. Less security is needed for 
finding baseball scores than when banking or guarding secrets, she said.

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