A bipartisan report that will be released Dec. 8 calls on the incoming Obama administration to set up a high-level office to coordinate the defense of the nation’s computer systems from cyber-attacks by rival nations, industrial spies, and criminal syndicates, reports the Houston Chronicle. A yearlong investigation found many potential targets, said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, a co-chairman of the group that issued the report. Though McCaul didn’t mention schools and colleges in particular, schools are frequent targets of botnet attacks and other cyber assaults that threaten the nation’s computer infrastructure. The group began its investigation after the computers at the Pentagon, NASA, and the departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security were breached in 2007. "America’s failure to protect cyberspace is one of the most urgent national security problems facing the new administration," said McCaul. "It is a battle that we are losing." Testimony, some of it given behind closed doors, revealed "there’s not a lot of coordination" within the federal government and between the government and the private sector, he said…

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