It came without warning, but not really as a surprise, that last week the Director of US Computer Emergency Response Team (US CERT), Randy Vickers, resigned. Although he gave no reason, there has been growing pressure on Vickers due to the recent bout of cyber attacks on US government networks by such groups as Anonymous and LulzSec.
US CERT is part of the US Department of Homeland Security. It protects federal government computers and networks and secure private networks deemed part of the country’s critical infrastructure; for example power stations and transport networks.
Recent attacks have included such high profile targets as the US Senate, the National Laboratory and government contractors including Lockhead Martin. The deputy director, Lee Rock, will assume control of US CERT until a replacement is found. And, whoever that might be, has a huge task on their hands to ensure the protection of America’s cyber networks.
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