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US Cyber Security Head Quits Amidst Growing Cyber Attacks

U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) director Randy Vickers has stepped down from his position amidst a growing number of cyber crimes targeted at government networks, new reports have confirmed.

US-CERT is the key organisation which is responsible for looking after the security infrastructure of the US federal government. Mr. Vicker’s decision to call it a day as the head of the organisation came only after an email sent by Bobbie Stempfley, acting assistant secretary for cyber security and communications, to the US CERT was obtained by the media.

The email read that Vicker resigned from his position on Friday, and the resignation was effective immediately.

"We are confident that our organization will continue its strong performance under his leadership," Stempfley wrote as Information Week (opens in new tab) reports.

Mr. Vicker’s resignation has come at such a time when the US federal government’s cyber infrastructure is suffering from immense security threat originating from organised cyber criminals.

In the last one and a half months, networks of the US Navy, the FBI, and even that of the CIA have found themselves at the receiving end of such notorious hack-attacks, which no doubt, are being seen as a direct threat to the national security.

Ravi Mandalia

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