U.S. President on Monday ordered an immediate 60-day review of federal cybersecurity efforts and named Melissa Hathaway, a top U.S. intelligence official, to oversee the effort.
Hathaway, who served as a top cybersecurity adviser to Mitch McConnell, the former director of national intelligence, will conduct the review for the White House National Security and Homeland Security Councils.
The review, which will examine what the federal government already is doing to protect vital U.S. computer networks, underscores mounting concerns about the risks of cyberattacks, and points to a growing market for U.S. contractors.
Industry executives say the sector will be one of their fastest-growing markets in coming years, and analysts say it could generate over $10 billion in contracts by 2013.
Hathaway, who had been coordinating cybersecurity efforts for the intelligence community, will serve as acting senior director for cyberspace during the review period.
The Senate last month confirmed Adm. Dennis Blair to be the new director of national intelligence, replacing McConnell.
Immediately upon taking office, the Obama administration underscored the importance of protecting U.S. information networks in a posting on the White House website.
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