David Kirkpatrick

July 12, 2010

Government gets an “f” on cybersecurity from GAO

The Government Accountability Office rips the disconnect between White House rhetoric and the actual facts on the cybersecurity ground. Seems like cybersecurity has been a pretty good political talking point for the last seven years, but gosh, it sure is tough to actually implement. The threat is out there, and is real. Hopefully the next GAO report finds a vast improvement.

From the link:

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has so far failed to live up to its responsibility to coordinate a national cybersecurity R&D agenda, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said in a report released this week.

As a result, the U.S risks falling behind other countries on cybersecurity matters, and being unable to adequately protect its interests in cyberspace,the 36-page report (PDF document) warned.

The GAO report was prepared at the behest of the House Committee on Homeland Security, and called on the OSTP to show more leadership in pulling together a focused and prioritized short, medium- and long-term R&D strategy for cybersecurity.

The report noted that the White House’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace from 2003 tasks the OSTP with coordinating the development of such a strategy and for updating it on an annual basis.

Over the years, the OSTP has taken “initial steps toward developing such an agenda,” the GAO report said. However, “one does not currently exist” even today, the report said.

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