Watching the gatekeepers

Friday, 21 June 2002, 1:39 PM EST

In 2001, the Federal Computer Incident Response Center was notified of 6,683 attacks, ranging from defacing Web sites to break-ins of an agency’s central "root" servers. In 2000, the agency that monitors malicious attacks on federal systems was notified of only 586; in 1999, that number was 580.

These numbers have many industry and government officials worried whether agencies have enough manpower to keep up with the increasing number of attacks on their computer systems.

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