Friday, December 30, 2005

When faced with a record high in computer security problems

Cut the budget:

The Treasury Department says that cyber crime has now outgrown illegal drug sales in annual proceeds, netting an estimated $105 billion in 2004, the report said.

At the same time, the Department of Homeland Security's 2005 research budget for cybersecurity programs was cut 7% to $16 million.

Computer security is now more profitable than illegal drugs, yet the budget for fighting cybercrime is a fraction of the budget for the War on Drugs. Not only is the budget a fraction, it has been cut. Nice priorities.


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