Items from security-related news (August 1, 2003)

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Recent Congressional testimony about funding cybersecurity research, as quoted in

"We're not lacking for funds," Anthony Tether, director of the Pentagon's DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), told the committee. "I funded every idea that's come forth in this area this year. We're more idea-limited right now than we are funding-limited."


"We're not concerning ourselves [with] the commercial networks," Tether said, adding that DARPA is focused on solving problems that the private sector currently does not confront. The military faces threats from "attackers whose life depends on taking the network down," he said, and projects are under way to make those networks increasingly wireless and peer-to-peer.

"We're really far ahead of the commercial world in this regard," he said, adding that a prototype military network with 400 nodes to use for simulated attacks is in the works.,3959,1090008,00.asp