US to spend $15-30 billion on cyber protection

The US government is about to get very serious on its spending for cyber security protection. The plan is to help control and better protect itself and its assets against future attacks.

The spending is estimated to span 15-30 billion over the next five years. Currently Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, are all gearing up to bid on potential contracts that will arise from a report due to the White House in the coming weeks.

"Major defense firms are eager to get a slice of that pie. But some in the government are worried these firms don't have the necessary expertise and that the ramp-up in spending is a recipe for waste and inefficiency."

The contracts should be awarded soon and hopefully they will help to stimulate job growth in these sectors. The smallest security flaw can lead to a total disaster in the IT world and there are many holes to patch.

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$30 billion?? Is that all??? Hell, bitchslap AIG et al and get a couple HUNDRED billion to put toward this... and while we're at it, toss $100 billion toward education and half that toward NASA and hard research. Put the rest in our pockets, and we'll all sleep better knowing we're getting smarter, not dumber.

The public is about to be duped and fleeced again, it seems.

Pentagon: The internet is an enemy "weapons system"
globalresearch.ca — The Pentagon's Information Operations Roadmap is blunt about the fact that an internet, with the potential for free speech, is in direct opposition to their goals. The internet needs to be dealt with as if it were an enemy "weapons system"
http://www.globalresearch.ca/PrintArticle.php?articleId=7980
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?con...va&aid=7980

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US plans to 'fight the net' revealed
A newly declassified document gives a fascinating glimpse into the US military's plans for "information operations" - from psychological operations, to attacks on hostile computer networks.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4655196.stm

Sounds great. -_-

They need to get all government machines off Windows and run a totally new OS built from the ground up for government use only. And no, not Linux/BSD variants! The second thing would be to disconnect all government computers from the internet and connect them to a closed network of their own. If its connected to the internet, its going to get hacked so the only way to stop it is to remove it from the equation.

Hackers are ALWAYS going to find ways to hack into things. Even if you patch all the known holes in security systems PLUS MORE, hackers will find and/or execute new ones. The hacking world is a LOT more crazy and effective than I could have imagined a couple years ago.

NOT good stuff. That money's probably going to go to waste.

I smell bad things... "Currently Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, are all gearing up"
Imagine thoose big military companys with 30 billion for cyber warfare...
They create new devasting cyber devices to shut down and hack things in the net...
A big mega company doing tools and devices isn't comparable to a 22 year old student who builds a new tool or hacks a small site.

xcguy87 said,
I'm pretty sure the money is being spent on cyber defense, not making hacking tools.

I don't mean hacking tools for the public...
I meant tools and systems made for cyber warfare and that involves also breaking stuff, not only sitting there with a firewall and pray.

sorlag said,
I smell bad things... "Currently Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman, are all gearing up"
Imagine thoose big military companys with 30 billion for cyber warfare...
They create new devasting cyber devices to shut down and hack things in the net...
A big mega company doing tools and devices isn't comparable to a 22 year old student who builds a new tool or hacks a small site.

Think corruption. Why are those firms, whose unique competencies are manufacturing, gearing up for programming contracts? It's cuz they got contacts. Contacts for contracts, lol.
And it sucks.

Hey, I'm a software engineer for Northrop Grumman. They actually do a lot of this type of work already. I mean, its a 122,000 employee corporation. They have competencies in vast and diverse fields.

I see this as good news for my job security. Not that I was too worried to begin with.

I would like to see more spammers in jails, but, I think, this will be just another hole through which taxpayers' money will be stolen in extraordinary amounts.

EJocys said,
I would like to see more spammers in jails, but, I think, this will be just another hole through which taxpayers' money will be stolen in extraordinary amounts.

Well, I prefer to waste tax payer money in something beneficial for the country than waste billions in an useless war

It's also unconstitutional to have spammers in jail. Though they can get in jail by not being compliant with the anti spam act.

Quikboy said,
Just wondering: is "an useless war" grammatically correct?

could be. The grammatical term is called "oxymoron". Have fun.

warwagon said,
How about we get our defense systems off the interweb. Just a thought.


Most of them are on their own network already...

Step 1: change default user passwords from "Password"
Step 2: change default admin passwords from "Admin"


Ill take 1 billion dollars now please