U.S. 'Way Behind' in Securing Networks

Monday Dec 6th 2010 by Kara Reeder
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The slow progress of the government installation of high-tech systems to block computer intrusions is allowing criminals to become more adept at stealing sensitive data.

According to The Associated Press, the slow progress of the government install of high-tech systems to block computer intrusions is allowing criminals to become more adept at stealing sensitive data. Perhaps nothing highlights this more than the recent WikiLeaks incident.

The Department of Homeland Security is working to secure approximately 2,400 network connections used every day by millions of federal workers, but the move to intrusion detection and prevention programs is being hampered by complex contracts with network vendors, technology issues and privacy concerns, explains RedOrbit.

Stewart Baker, former Homeland Security undersecretary for policy, sums it up when he says:

This is a continuing arms race and we're still way behind.

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