RSA Chief Executive Art Coviello challenged a widespread belief that cybersecurity awareness could curb cyberthreats: "There's no amount of consumer education to make them smart enough to resist attacks. They're just too sophisticated."
"The same American ingenuity that put a man on the moon also created the Internet," President Obama says. "We must now harness that spirit of innovation to ... secure technologies to build a safer, more prosperous future for all Americans."
"We find a lot of security professionals saying, 'I'm just going to get another certification, or I'm going to get deeper into this technology skill,'" says researcher David Foote. "That's not going to get you very far."
"The tech fellows will be given the challenge of working with the projects and complex systems that are only available when working in federal IT," Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel says. "This is the competitive advantage that the federal government holds against the private sector."
Government officials have confirmed a potential threat by al-Qaida against the United States as the nation approaches the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11, 2001 terrorist attacks that hit the World Trade Center and Pentagon.