Center To Address Lagging Cyber Readiness

About a million times a day, potential hackers and cyber criminals scan the government’s computer system in hopes of exploiting its vulnerabilities.

In an article on the Money Times website, Jaspreet Virk says the Obama administration is aiming for a more focused approach to fighting cyber attacks. A $9 million National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), based in Arlington, Virginia, will operate 24 hours a day. Its 61 computers are able to access real time data feeds as well as analyze Internet traffic and telecommunication activities worldwide.

Democratic Congressman David Price, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, told Virk that hostile foreign governments are testing and developing an aggressive cyber warfare strategy, wanting to undermine US federal state and local networks.

NCCIC brings together the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a collaboration between public and private organizations aimed at securing the cyber infrastructure, and the National Coordinating Center for Telecommunications. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said consolidating these centers within the NCCIC “will enhance our ability to effectively mitigate risks and respond to threats.”

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