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By Caron Carlson  |  Posted 2003-05-15 Print this article Print

Most of DARPAs resources are directed at classified projects, according to Tether, who said that a peek at the agencys classified budget would make lawmakers more comfortable with the funding level. "Were not concerning ourselves [with] the commercial networks," Tether said, adding that DARPA is focused on solving problems that the private sector currently does not confront. The military faces threats from "attackers whose life depends on taking the network down," he said, and projects are under way to make those networks increasingly wireless and peer-to-peer.
"Were really far ahead of the commercial world in this regard," he said, adding that a prototype military network with 400 nodes to use for simulated attacks is in the works.
When President Bush disbanded the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board earlier this year following the resignation of its chairman, Richard Clarke, responsibilities for cyber-security were transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. However, the subject was not given a sufficiently high profile or a sufficiently high-ranking executive to satisfy industry. Turning the tables and taking a shot at the private sector, federal research officials told the Science Committee Wednesday that if there is less-than-optimal attention devoted to cyber-security today, it is a result of problems in industry, not the government. "As a nation, our greatest vulnerability is indifference," said Arden Bement, NIST director, citing recent surveys indicating that private enterprises "dont really see themselves as a target." "They just havent quite stepped up to the plate," Bement said. Most Recent Security Stories:
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