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Cyber Criminals Smarter than U.S. Government?

Remember Richard Clarke, the head of cyber security under President George W. Bush who resigned due to feelings that the administration didn't take terrorism seriously?

Now Clarke is beating the drum, claiming the federal government isn't taking the threat of cyber attack seriously.

This isn't just conjecture. Clarke points to recent break-ins to prove his point, arguing that these criminals and sometime foreign government backed hackers are getting smarter and have better and better tools at their disposal.

Already the U.S. government and key corporations have had reams of confidential data stolen by hackers.

We all know that, but unless we move to a new generation of tools and processes, it will only get worse. Unfortunately Clarke believes most security vendors are mired in the past, and few are looking at revolutionary new ways to protect our networks.

Are we winning or losing the war against hackers? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/21/2011 at 1:18 PM


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