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Cyber Defense Agency Faces Challenges From Within

Published by pratyushkp on July 30th, 2011 - in Social, Technology

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Last year, the nation’s computer systems reported more than 100,000 cyber threats, or one every five minutes. The job of analyzing and preventing them was assigned to a government agency that has faced repeated criticism for lacking enough resources and authority, as well as a consistent leader, to help it accomplish an increasingly daunting task.

That agency, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, faced more turnover at the top last Friday when Randy Vickers abruptly resigned. His replacement, Lee Rock, is the agency’s fifth director in the past six years.

The Department of Homeland Security, which oversees the agency, said Vickers resigned for personal reasons. But former directors and outside experts say the job of leading the agency has become overwhelming as the threats of cyber attacks continue to mount.

“Imagine being a firefighter in West Texas where there’s no fire code and the entire state is filled with arsonists,” said Tom Kellermann, chief technology officer of the security firm AirPatrol Corp. “Would you keep the job for long?”

C-DAC To Promote Measures On Cyber Security

Published by pratyushkp on August 24th, 2010 - in Social, Technology

Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) is all set to fight cyber crime by conducting workshops and creating awareness among laymen.

Information Security Education and Awareness (ISEA) is the brainchild of Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) and the Department of Information Technology to address the issues of cyber security among Indian users. Rise in criminal activity online all over the country has led to the creation of the program which aims to spread awareness among students, teachers, home users and government non-IT professionals on how to be secure while online.

Development of Advanced Computing or C-DAC, the R&D organization of the Department of Information Technology (DIT), plans to hold a series of workshops for schools, government officers and individuals. Trainers from CDAC will enlighten them on phishing, identity theft, mobile security and a range of tools available for security. The presentations in the workshops include guidelines on various Internet security aspects as well as awareness on how cyber attacks happen and how one can be protected. Animated short awareness films will also be used to demonstrate the objective to school children easily.

The project started in June 2010, by C-DAC Knowledge Park Centre in Bangalore will include 500 officials from C-DAC who have volunteered to spread the awareness by conducting ISEA workshops at schools and government departments.

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