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Cyber Conflict of Interest at the NSA

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A recent column in the Wall St. Journal (3/31/09) asks a key question about who should be in charge of the current administration’s battle against Cyber threats. The conflict of interest arises when it vulnerabilites come to light. Will the NSA close the vulnerabilites even if they can be exploited against a known threat? The same question can be asked about those private sector companies that profit from the fear of intrusion, virus, malware, spyware, etc.

The Recent resignation of Rod Beckstrom and increased activity in the White House continues to raise question about who is best positioned to protect America’s cyber citizens. From our view in Washington, the answer to this questions takes on a bias toward government agencies. Meanwhile….. outside the beltway, is the answer to protecting private industry int he hands of private industry? Is corporate America left to fend for itself while this discussion of ownership rages on?

The good news is that there is no shortage of emotionally invested parties willing to take on the fight for leadership.

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