U.S. companies and the federal government need to step up and fix the problems in their computer networks, the nation’s new cybersecurity czar told attendees during his first-ever address at the RSA Conference in San Francisco last month.

Within the next 10 years, the majority of the world’s communication needs will probably be handled by the Internet, said Gregory Garcia, the assistant secretary for cybersecurity and telecommunications at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “This proliferation of applications and devices within the converged network is going to create a breeding ground for security problems,” he said. “Our networks and our systems are vulnerable and they are exposed.”



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