A cybersecurity sleeping pill

Monday, 23 September 2002, 12:33 PM EST

For sixty-five pages, a fat lot of nothing. That's the only sensible verdict possible upon scanning Richard Clarke's much-hyped draft of "The National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace."

After a huge noise in the media, Clarke and the Bush administration pulled coitus interruptus on its grand September 18 roll out. What was delivered is best described as a muffled, mildly grumbling fart of toothless suggestions for industry and stupidly obvious homilies in government-ese expressing a childishly wishful desire for better national computer security practice.

The official explanation is that the report is still a work in progress, that it will evolve, and two months from now, we'll get the real thing.

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