The incidents could lead President-elect Barack Obama to put more effort than previous administrations into protecting U.S. computer systems. The Clinton Administration had created a basic foundation for protecting the Internet infrastructure and important computer systems, but little else. The Bush Administration published the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace and implemented the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), but otherwise moved slowly on cybersecurity issues -- despite numerous attacks on the networks of government agencies --until the recent launch of its Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI).
A year ago, a panel of three-dozen security experts announced an effort to craft a strategy to improve the United States' cybersecurity by the time the next president takes office. The effort, spearheaded by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and bi-partisan Congressional leaders, will soon release their recommendations.
A spokesperson for President-elect Obama could not immediately be reached.
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Posted by: Robert Lemos