Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Obama and Cybersecurity: Not Just His Blackberry

The security issues swirling around President-elect Barack Obama's BlackBerry are only a precursor of the many cybersecurity problems he's likely to face when he takes office in January.

A study released Monday by the Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency recommended that Obama create a National Office for Cyberspace. The 94-page report equates online espionage and incursions into the country's networks to nuclear proliferation and terrorism.

It called cybersecurity "one of the most urgent national security priorities facing the new administration."

The commission was organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies to create a cyberspace policy because of recent breaches of government systems by state-sponsored intruders.

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