The Christian Science Monitorlooks at U.S. efforts to defend against cyberattacks today, and finds them lacking. "Repelling major attacks on critical national networks requires enormous coordination inside and outside government, as well as expensive research and preparation," the paper reports. "However, primary responsibility for this falls on a small group within the Department of Homeland Security that experts say operates on a tiny budget and with little clout."
That group would be the United States Computer Emergency Response Team. Jerry Dixon, the acting director of the organization, which is funded at $46 million a year, refuses to paint a "total rosy picture," but adds, "I think we're in a pretty good position to deal with the issue."
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.