US Falls Behind on CyberSecurity

According to a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has so far failed to live up to its responsibility to coordinate a national cybersecurity research and development (R&D) agenda and risks falling behind other countries in cybersecurity matters.

Although the OSTP has taken steps toward developing such an agenda, the GAO notes the existing documents are either outdated or lack sufficient detail. There have been numerous calls for more centralized oversight and coordination of the R&D efforts over the years.

In response to the GAO report, the OSTP insisted it already has a five-year plan for cybersecurity research which is available online and will soon be updated (it is dated 2006). More plans will also be released in the days ahead, according to the OSTP.

Source: ComputerWorld.

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