Cyber Security Institute

§ Current Worries

Top 3 Worries

  • Regulations
  • Old Firewall Configurations
  • Security Awareness

§ Listening

For the best information

  • The underground
  • Audible
  • Executive Excellence
  • Music (to keep me sane)

§ Watching

For early warnings

  • 150 Security Websites
  • AP Newsfeeds
  • Vendors

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Shortage of computer security experts hampers agencies

Bush administration officials and information technology industry experts on Thursday identified areas of cybersecurity that need to be addressed, including more research and development and the training of the next generation of cyber experts in government.

“There is an incredibly shrinking pool of IT security professionals in government,” said Jack Johnson, chief security officer at the Homeland Security Department.  Johnson is working on developing the Homeland Security Information Network, which he said would be at Defense Department “secret level” by year’s end.  He also said Homeland Security is looking to redesign personnel security to prevent internal cyber attacks.

“The sharing amongst bad guys is growing,” he said at a SecureE-Biz.net conference.  “The sharing amongst the good guys on procurement, technology and approach needs to grow at an equal or greater rate.

The president last year signed a law authorizing a significant increase in cyber-security R&D funding, but it was not requested in the fiscal 2005 White House budget proposal.

Thomas O’Keefe, deputy director of the Federal Aviation Administration office of information systems security, said more research and development, and more collaboration among researchers and industry, is needed on cybersecurity.  The air-traffic network is completely separate from the Internet, as well as other aspects of the FAA network, making it impossible for viruses to spread from those sources, he said.

More info: http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0604/061004tdpm2.htm

Posted on 06/10
NewsPermalink