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NSA Director Says the US Must Secure the Internet 250

Trailrunner7 writes "The United States has a responsibility to take a leadership role in securing the Internet against both internal and external attackers, a duty that the federal government takes very seriously, the country's top military cybersecurity official said Tuesday. However, Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the US Cyber Command, provided virtually nothing in the way of details of how the government intends to accomplish this rather daunting task. 'We made the Internet and it seems to me that we ought to be the first folks to get out there and protect it,' Alexander said. 'The challenge before us is large and daunting. But we have an obligation to meet it head-on.' It's unlikely that any of Alexander's comments Tuesday will do much to quiet the criticisms of the Obama administration's security efforts thus far. Speaking mostly in generalities, Alexander emphasized the administration's commitment to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a plan developed by the Bush administration and recently partially de-classified by Obama administration officials."
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NSA Director Says the US Must Secure the Internet

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  • Easy Fix (Score:3, Funny)

    by Kagato ( 116051 ) on Tuesday September 07, 2010 @01:34PM (#33499528)

    Block all traffic to .ru and .cn.

  • Re:Why.? (Score:3, Funny)

    by ScentCone ( 795499 ) on Tuesday September 07, 2010 @02:19PM (#33500128)
    Why would they be worried about securing the net when they won't secure our boarders...

    Well, a lot of us don't have boarders, even if most of us have internet access. Some of us who do have boarders will allow them to use our internet access, but I don't know if that matters. I don't want to have to watch them use it, just to secure them, and I don't want the Feds to get involved in the relationship between me and any boarders that stay in my house. But we do have to watch 'em, especially the boarders from over the border. Those Canadian boarders are nothing but trouble, and never pay their rent on time. In fact, I'm completey tired of renting out rooms. That last guy, from Quebec, wouldn't stop using French names for food. I'm done with him. I'm over the boarder, for sure. The broader issue of boarders, especially Swedish broads, bordering on being boarders but bartering room and board in exchange for making smorgasbords, is bordering on being a bore.
  • by jgagnon ( 1663075 ) on Tuesday September 07, 2010 @02:41PM (#33500434)

    Shave them weekly for about 6 months then stop for 6 months and you shall receive that which you desire.

  • by jewens ( 993139 ) on Tuesday September 07, 2010 @04:11PM (#33501688)

    CJCS to JCS: Gentlement, secure that building (points to building) and report back to me tomorrow.
    JCS: Yes sir!
    -24 hours later-
    Admiral: Sir, we've repainted the entire building and made sure all the doors are closed and locked.
    Army General: Sir, we've dug defensive fighting positions and established clear fields of fire 360 degrees around the building.
    Marine General: Sir, my men will secure the building in (checks watch) 3..2..1.. (Explosion heard in distance)
    Air Force General: D*****t! We just signed a 99-year lease on that building.

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