Talking security

Tuesday, 29 October 2002, 12:24 PM EST

With vandals trying to disrupt the Internet and probing the weaknesses of America's corporate data networks, White House Cyber Security chief Richard Clarke has his work cut out for him. Clarke, a Dorchester native and MIT graduate, came to Boston recently to make the case for President Bush's plan to secure cyberspace. He spoke to Globe technology reporter Hiawatha Bray during a visit to the newspaper.

Q. Apart from protecting corporate computer systems, what's being done to guard the overall Internet?

A. I use an Econ 101 phrase, ''the tragedy of the commons.'' Who owns cyberspace? Nobody. Who's spending money to secure cyberspace? The answer is nobody.

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