Obama told to set up new cybercrime agency

Antony Savvas

US president-elect Barack Obama should set up a new cybersecurity agency, in the wake of the failings of the US Department of Homeland Security, a think tank report is expected to recommend today.

The Department for Homeland Security was created in 2002, but its National Center for Cybersecurity is not yet prepared to address cybersecurity threats, said the US Government Accountability Office earlier this year.

A report from the Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency - set up by the The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington - is expected to say that the threat of cyber attacks is too vast for any one agency to tackle on its own.

The threat must therefore be addressed by a new White House office, in addition to revised laws and government practices.

The Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency is expected to recommend that Obama sets up a National Office for Cyberspace, headed by an assistant to the president for Cyberspace.

The Commission on Cyber Security for the 44th Presidency has been studying the threat of cybercrime on US security and the national economy since the beginning of the year. It releases its final report later today (Monday).

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