State of federal-state cybersecurity cooperation unsatisfactory

Published 9 February 2006

There is a lot of talk about the need for greater federal-state cooperation on cyber security, but much is still to be done

On the morning of 20 February 1962 John Glenn was sitting strapped inside the Friendship 7 capsule, waiting to be launched into space to become the first American to orbit the earth. As is the case with other space launches, he took part in a tedious two-hour system check, during which every gauge and every lever and any other components of the space ship is checked. After the procedure was over, and ten minutes before lift-off, Glenn looked at the multi-gauge dashboard in front of him, lifted his eyes to survey the inside of the capsule, and was heard muttering to himself: “And to think that all that went to the lowest bidder.” This is the spirit in which we should view a recent report released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers, a report which chastises DHS for not coordinating better with state and local authorities when it comes to combating cyberthreats.

Notwithstanding all the tough talk about defeating terrorism, the expression “good enough for government work” should no longer be part of the lexicon.

-read more in Eric Sinrod’s c|net discussion