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Commentary: Cybersecurity effort needs details

President Obama's announcement of a new effort to deal with cyberattacks is welcome, even though it remains incomplete in detail. The administration should work rapidly to fill in the blanks.

The plan calls for a White House "cybersecurity" officer to coordinate the nation's attempts to "deter, prevent, detect and defend" against computer attacks.

But a 38-page document describing the program had few details about how those goals would be met.

Nor did it resolve any of the festering disputes among the National Security Agency, Homeland Security and other agencies over which entity should take the lead in defensive – and offensive – computer operations.

Currently, NSA is the repository for most of Washington's digital-warfare know-how.

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