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More cyber-crime Advice for Obama

By Matthew Hines
January 20, 2009
eWeek Security Watch

With President-elect Barack Obama readying to take the oath of office today, IT experts are lining up to offer their advice to the new Commander-In-Chief about what he needs to do to better address issues of cyber-security.

In December, a panel of security experts put together by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published a lengthy set of recommendations for the new administration dubbed “Securing Cyberspace in the 44th Presidency.”

In a set of points issued by anti-botnet specialists FireEye, the company’s CEO, Ashar Aziz, encourages the Obama administration to take many steps outlined in the CSIS paper, but also says the CSIS guidelines do not go far enough, or may not be sufficiently explicit.

“Critical government, military, and civilian networks have been repeatedly infiltrated to steal our intellectual property and national secrets. So, how do we build a modern, national cyber security policy as we enter into the 44th Presidency? The Center for Strategic and International Studies’ report weighed in on this topic, but I think they missed the point in their technical recommendations,” Aziz said in a blog post.

Aziz highlights the reality that botnets and the attacks they deliver pose, imploring that “stealth malware facilitates cyber crime in the form of millions of compromised PCs on the Internet and within enterprise networks. Infection is spread through weaknesses and vulnerabilities in widely used end-system software, such as operating systems, browsers and mainstream applications as well as social engineering tactics targeting human vulnerabilities and technical naiveté. Given the magnitude and severity of this problem, urgent federal government action and leadership is required.”

FireEye officially framed its “Top 10 Recommendations for U.S. Cyber Security” as:

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