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U.S. Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Single Largest Fund for 2009

Walter Pincus of The Washington Post is reporting that President Bush's single largest request for funds and "most important initiative" in the fiscal 2009 intelligence budget is for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a little publicized but massive program whose details "remain vague and thus open to question," according to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

CNCI or "Cyber Initiative" is a highly classified, multiyear, multibillion-dollar project designed to develop a plan to secure government computer systems against foreign and domestic intruders and prepare for future threats. "It is no longer sufficient for the U.S. Government to discover cyber intrusions in its networks, clean up the damage, and take legal or political steps to deter further intrusions," says Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell.

Read full story: The Washington Post

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