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[ISN] Former NSC Official Criticizes Cyber Security Policies

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Date: Wed Sep 22 2010 - 08:03:30 GMT

By Siobhan Gorman
Washington Wire
The Wall Street Journal
September 21, 2010

The Obama administration's cyber security policies came under fire today
from unexpected quarters -- former National Security Council official
Richard Clarke, who advised the administration’s transition team.

"The Obama administration so far has failed to do the necessary with
regard to cyberwar," said Clarke, who now heads a security consulting
firm, Good Harbor Consulting, and recently co-authored a book on cyber
security. In a speech in Washington to the Cyber Conflict Studies
Association, he acknowledged several times that he was critiquing his

The Obama administration was quick to fire back. "The Obama
administration is very focused on this," said one administration
official. "The president has designated [cyber security] as a strategic
national asset."

The administration hasn't articulated a strategy to tackle computer
network security in the U.S. The Pentagon has hinted that such a
strategy exists but hasn't described it publicly, Clarke said. He said
the Pentagon is working to extend its cyber protection efforts to the
private sector because the Department of Homeland Security isn't
providing that security.

Among other failings, Clarke said the Homeland Security's cyber security
programs are underfunded and the department has "done nothing" about
cyber threats to critical infrastructure such as the electric grid,
which is increasingly dependent on the Internet to stay up and running.


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