On Sat, 22 Dec 2001, Amara Graps wrote:
> "Congress has approved $40 billion for domestic defense capabilities"
The papers don't go into much of the details unfortunately. There
is probably a few billion going into vaccines and biomedical research.
There is another huge chunk going into emergency preparedness
(FEMA teams, hospitals, etc.). Then there is a lot that needs to
go into securing water supplies, chemical plants, air intake ducts,
access to public buildings, federalizing airport security, etc.
Reliable security doesn't come cheap.
> "Last week two House leaders proposed the $7.5 billion Cyber Security
> Research and Development Act."
Early on in its life the Code Red Worm was estimated to have cost $1.2 billion.
Makes sense -- maybe 100+ million machines, 1-3 hours to upgrade, $10-50/hr.
The costs of security holes mounts quite quickly.
> "will take to task departments that don't spend *more* on computer security"
Spend the money & be secure or be insecure and potentially amplify
the problem. Should "Thyphoid Mary's" be allowed to walk the streets
and spread the disease?
> "Washington and the Valley share a common interest in putting new
> technologies to use as fast as possible."
Yea, well, that's politics for you.
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