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[30 Dec 2009 | One Comment | 2,733 views]
As attacks increase, U.S. struggles to recruit computer security experts

–Washington Post–
–By Ellen Nakashima and Brian Krebs–
The federal government is struggling to fill a growing demand for skilled computer-security workers, from technicians to policymakers, at a time when network attacks are rising in frequency and sophistication.
Demand is so intense that it has sparked a bidding war among agencies and contractors for a small pool of special talent: skilled technicians with security clearances. Their scarcity is driving up salaries, depriving agencies of skills, and in some cases affecting project quality, industry officials said.
The crunch hits as the Pentagon is attempting to …

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[2 Nov 2009 | Comments Off | 1,641 views]
Insufficient preparations for a bioterror catastrophe

The Brief
To grasp the threat of bioterrorism — and in recent years, the United States has received strategic warnings of biological weapons use from dozens of government reports and expert panels — you may want to consider this: one recent study from the intelligence community projected that a one- to two-kilogram release of anthrax spores from a crop duster plane could kill more Americans than died in the Second World War. Clean-up and other economic costs could exceed …