Chertoff Describes “Manhattan Project” for Cyber Defenses

Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff says the U.S. government is working on the equivalent of the “Manhattan Project” to defend federal networks and national-security interests from large-scale cyber attacks. During a keynote presentation at RSA Conference, Chertoff painted a gloomy picture of the government’s readiness for a determined attack on critical communication networks and said the recent creation of a new National Cyber Security Center would be crucial to finding early signs of hacker activity.

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