By Scot Petersen  |  Posted 2003-12-22 Print this article Print

-Setbacks"> Cyber-Setbacks

After much fanfare, one of the quietest news events of the year occurred Feb. 14, when the Department of Homeland Security released its long-awaited National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. Since then, the department and its strategy have taken much abuse.

First, cyber-security czar Richard Clarke retired in March. Clarke was replaced by former Microsoft executive Howard Schmidt, who abruptly left his post in May to go to work for eBay as a security officer. Amit Yoran, formerly vice president for managed security services at Symantec Corp., replaced Schmidt.

Late this year, the department was stung once again, after becoming one of several federal agencies to receive a failing grade on information security from the House Committee on Government Reforms Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census. The grade was for the departments own network, not for the critical infrastructure segments it defends. Still, more than two years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the future of guarding the nations critical cyber-infrastructure remains very much a work in progress.

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