Bush Administration computer security advisor Richard Clarke here
Monday to discuss efforts to thwart cyberattacks
A talk by Richard
Clarke, President Bush's Special Advisor for Cyberspace Security,
on the threat terrorists pose to this country's computer network
systems. He will discuss the Bush administration's plans for addressing
vulnerabilities to the information technology infrastructure. The
public is welcome to attend.
4-5 p.m., Monday,
Auditorium, Room 306, Soda Hall, the University of California, Berkeley.
Enter through the west side of Soda Hall.
Clarke was appointed
by National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice and Director of Homeland
Security Tom Ridge in October 2001.
Previously, Clarke held several senior national security positions
under four presidents, starting with Ronald Reagan. Most recently,
Clarke served as National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure
Protection, and Counter-terrorism on the National Security Council
in the Clinton administration.
Clarke and several
federal officials have emphasized the need to defend the United States
against an "electronic Pearl Harbor." Some experts say cyberattacks
could disrupt computer systems that control transit, banking, telecommunications
and utilities such as water and electricity.
Earlier this month, the House voted to provide $800 million in
grants over the next five years for research related to protection
of computer networks against cyberattacks. Congress is also considering
a bill that would increase penalties for some computer crimes to
life imprisonment. Prison terms for cybercrimes are currently limited
to 10 years.
Clarke's visit is sponsored by the Department of Electrical Engineering
& Computer Sciences and the Center for Information Technology Research
in the Interest of Society at UC Berkeley.