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John Brennan: Cyber review to be completed by end of April

John Brennan: Cyber review to be completed by end of April - top government contractors - best government contracting event

John Brennan: Cyber review to be completed by end of April - top government contractors - best government contracting eventWe recently reported that Melissa Hathaway has been tapped to lead a 60-day review of federal cyber security efforts. As we wait for the review’s findings, John Brennan, assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism, has just passed along this update:

The review will be completed by the end of April 2009. At that time, the review team will present its recommendations to the President regarding an optimal White House organizational construct to address issues related to U.S. and global information and communications infrastructure and capabilities. The recommendations also will include an action plan on identifying and prioritizing further work in this area.

Hathaway faces a daunting task. As Defense Tech reports, the average number of unique new infected sites has grown from 100,000-200,000 a day to 200,000-300,000 a day “” a trend that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Hathaway, for her part, is a strong advocate of partnership between the government and private sector to address the cyber threat “” a position she reiterated at a recent ExecutiveBiz event. Hathaway offered a call to action for executives in the room that day:  to help provide the technologies, expertise and resources to address cyber threats and to communicate those threats in a way the public can understand. The review’s findings will be a step forward in helping the private sector reach those objectives. Stay tuned.

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