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Deputy Defense Secretary Calls for Greater Attention to Cyber Threats

Speakers at the high-profile RSA Computer Security Conference that was held during February 14-18, 2011 in San Francisco unanimously agreed that it was necessary to pay immense attention to cyber-attack dangers that emanated from hackers, terrorist gangs or spies; however, ensuring that mass panicky was avoided.

Said US Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn at the Conference, hopefully it would be possible to develop the capability for tackling disastrous cyber-assaults prior to their occurrences. ComputerWeekly.com published this on February 16, 2011.

Evidently, the Defense Secretary was concerned about viruses like Stuxnet although he didn't directly broach the name. According to him, it was necessary to be vigilant of toxic malware getting inadvertently released wherein the plugging of a simple USB device to an unsecured PC could make the world economic situation undergo a disastrous impact.

Another major concern Lynn cited was that non-nation states such as militant gangs that weren't very easily daunted, might be able to access the above capabilities. Therefore, it was necessary for building defense that strongly stopped that from occurring; however, the action required needed quick implementation since it wasn't known how long the opportunity would last, he added. ComputerWeekly.com published this.

Lynn further stated that the Department of Defense was nearly complete with creating one fresh security strategy -Cyber 3.0, which formally declared that the Internet was recognizably another fresh zone for warfare. The Department had a US Cyber Command program of 2009 that asked the military for safeguarding government networks just like it did for the country's terrain, marine, space and air.

Lynn, during the Conference, declared that the US government was considering for providing $500,000 for stimulating research vis-à-vis security within virtual and cloud conditions and encrypted processing. He also declared prospective programs of the government for encouraging skills and information exchange among the private and public sectors.

Lynn emphasized that the government was for the security of the Net as being really a civilian worry, of course with the military ready to help. He stated that the Information Technology Exchange Program would be expanded for assembling private-sector specialists and military for greater IT and cyber-security.

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