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­.S. Government, Businesses Are Poorly Prepared for Cyber Attacks, Experts Say at AAAS

By AAAS

December 13, 2010

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The United States is ill-prepared to defend its vital infrastructure against a cyber attack, a former top cybersecurity official said during a recent panel discussion at AAAS.

Richard C. Clarke, special adviser for cybersecurity under President George W. Bush, said the federal government might be able to defend some of its own military and civilian networks. But he warned that the United States has no comprehensive plan in place to defend "its railroads, its pipelines, its electric power grid, its aviation system, or its banking system from nation state cyber attack in a cyber war."

Clarke's remarks came during a 22 November session, sponsored by the AAAS Center for Science, Technology and Security Policy, on how effectively government cybersecurity efforts are keeping up with a rapidly changing technical environment.

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