Who said that Obama does not have a techie side to him? If reports earlier this month are to be believed, the newbie President is not ignoring the importance of cyber space. Iain Thomson of Vnunet.com had this report early this month:
US president Barack Obama has ordered an immediate 60-day review of the online security of government IT systems to check for vulnerabilities.
The review will be led by Melissa Hathaway, who has served as cyber co-ordination executive to the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Hathaway will also serve as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security and Homeland Security councils during the review period.
“The national security and economic health of the US depend on the security, stability and integrity of our nation’s cyber space, both in the public and private sectors,” said John Brennan, assistant to the president for counter-terrorism and homeland security.
First thoughts…this is wonderful; this coming from the head of the country, it should be a good sign. However, I was thinking about the 60-day limit – would this be enough? More so, are the intelligence arms going to be part of this review? I doubt that the CIA, the FBI, and the NSA will allow anyone to take a look into their systems. Maybe the review is just for the less sensitive government agencies. Who knows?
In any case, I was just thinking of those people who love hacking systems to get credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and the like. Those days will probably be gone pretty soon, don’t you think?