U.S. Deficient in Fighting Cybercrime, Report Says

U.S. Deficient in Fighting Cybercrime, Report Says

WASHINGTON
A congressional report authored by the U.S. General Accounting Office has concluded that the federal government lacks data from private companies plagued by computer attacks and the trained staff to effectively prevent cybercrime.
The FBI’s National Infrastructure Protection Center, which was established in 1998 to link government and corporate businesses for security purposes, has failed to fulfill its potential, according to the report that was released in July. Part of the problem is that the U.S. Department of Defense, the National Security Agency and private companies have withheld disclosures about security breaches by cybercriminals for fear that the information would be made public, the report said.
Ronald Dick, the director of the National Infrastructure Protection Center, told members of the Senate technology, terrorism and government information subcommittee that he agreed with many of the report’s findings.
“We’re stretching our resources as thin as we can, and we’re going to have to do something about it,” he told the committee.  



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