Chertoff promises cybersecurity Manhattan Project

Chertoff promises cybersecurity Manhattan Project

Summary: Seven and a half years after 9/11, the Bush Administration is ready to take cybersecurty seriously. So says Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security.

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Seven and a half years after 9/11, the Bush Administration is ready to take cybersecurty seriously. So says Michael Chertoff, head of the Department of Homeland Security. Speaking at the RSA Conference, Chertoff said the government's newfound interest in cybersecurity is massive – "almost like a Manhattan Project," Cox News reports.

"The time has come to take a quantum leap forward, to really engage in what I'd call a game-changer in how we deal with (cyber) attacks," Chertoff said.
And there's more: DHS is developing an "early warning system" to identify cyber attacks before they start.


(Credit: Charles Cooper/CNET News.com)

OK, so how much is this Cyber-hattan Project going to cost? Oh, DHS is putting "real money" into the fight. $115 million this year and DHS is requesting an addition $109 million next year. Um, the U.S. spends $12 billion a month in Iraq. So how seriously does DHS want to take this fight? If DHS wants to protect the nation from cyber warfare, it might look in its own backyard. Consider these glorious headlines from the past:

Well, you get the idea ....

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  • So What's The Rush?

    "Seven and a half years after 9/11, the Bush Administration is ready to take cybersecurty seriously."

    And if they do as good a job as the Census Bureau has done with computers systems (http://blogs.zdnet.com/projectfailures/?p=674)...we'll all be much safer for it...right?

    RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!! ;-)
    IT_Guy_z
  • Feds are getting serious about censorship and control

    in addition to their current agenda of monitoring. The fact that they labeled it a "Cybersecurity" initiative is just finesse. Security for whom? For the Feds, of course.
    terry flores
  • RE: Chertoff promises cybersecurity Manhattan Project

    If this is truely similar to the Manhattan Poject, you won't know much about it until the bomb goes off. Put $115 Million in perspective, That amount of funding would contract a 100 person highly qualified research and development team and pay each staff person $500 per hour. This will form the project cover. Stealth funding from other agencies will make up the bulk of the needed money.
    giscoord@...
    • Perhaps Billions

      I just discovered <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/25/AR2008012503261.html">this Post article</a> from January, which describes a Presidential Directive authorizing the initiative.

      According to congressional aides and former White House officials with knowledge of the program, the directive outlines measures collectively referred to as the "cyber initiative," aimed at securing the government's computer systems against attacks by foreign adversaries and other intruders. It will cost *billions* of dollars, which the White House is expected to request in its fiscal 2009 budget.
      rkoman@...
    • Perhaps Billions

      I just discovered <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/25/AR2008012503261.html">this Post article</a> from January, which describes a Presidential Directive authorizing the initiative.

      <blockquote>According to congressional aides and former White House officials with knowledge of the program, the directive outlines measures collectively referred to as the "cyber initiative," aimed at securing the government's computer systems against attacks by foreign adversaries and other intruders. It will cost *billions* of dollars, which the White House is expected to request in its fiscal 2009 budget.
      </blockquote>
      rkoman@...
  • RE: Chertoff promises cybersecurity Manhattan Project

    ???The time has come to take a quantum leap forward, to really engage in what I???d call a game-changer in how we deal with (cyber) attacks,???

    I think that it calls for more than a "quantum" leap - given that "quantum" is "The smallest discrete amount of any quantity" (pdg.web.cern.ch/pdg/cpep/glossary.html).

    Though given the US government's track record at ANYTHING where IT is involved, it's probably realistic.
    Lizzie_B