Feds Make Push for Cyber-Security Plan
Feds call on rank-and-file security specialists and network administrators to help implement new cyber-strategy.SAN DIEGONow that the federal government has released its plan to secure the nations critical networks, officials are asking the rank-and-file security specialists and network administrators to take an active role in implementing the strategy. This kind of cross-industry cooperation is necessary if the country is going to defend itself against attacks on its networks from not only crackers and vandals but hostile nations and potentially terrorist groups, officials say. "I dont think we can predict the next attack. We cant get into the minds of these guys," said Marcus Sachs, director for communication infrastructure protection in the Office of Cyberspace Security in Washington. Sachs made his comments during a keynote speech at the National Information Assurance Leadership conference here, put on by The SANS Institute.
He said that in order for the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace to be effective, everyone responsible for any number of Internet-connected PCs needs to take whatever actions are necessary to secure them. If this effort doesnt work, Sachs said, it could have a severe effect on the future of the Internet.
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