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[ISN] White House reviews nation's cybersecurity

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Fri Sep 24 2010 - 08:12:57 GMT

By Ellen Nakashima
Washington Post Staff Writer
September 23, 2010

The White House is reviewing whether to ask for new authorities for the
Defense Department and other government agencies to ensure that the
nation's critical computer systems are protected in the event of a major
attack, the commander of the Pentagon's new Cyber Command said Thursday.

If an adversary were to penetrate the U.S. power grid or other critical
systems with an "unknown capability," those systems probably would "shut
down," Gen. Keith Alexander told members of the House Armed Services

Cyber Command is tasked with protecting only military computer networks.
"It is not my mission to defend, today, the entire nation," Alexander

Deciding who should execute what role in defending the nation against
cyberattack is a thorny issue, complicated by the fact that the agency
tasked with assisting the private sector - the Department of Homeland
Security - lags the Defense Department in personnel, resources and


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