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Homeland Security Today, February 20, 2013
Long before Sept. 11, 2001, federal, state, and local law enforcement officers and investigators shared information with respect to active and pending threats. They developed intelligence about the bad guys - what they looked like, how they acted, where they liked to go - and quietly assembled profiles that helped them do their jobs. Clearly, after 9/11, these efforts expanded exponentially, with much of the attention directed towards homeland security.
There will always be an ongoing debate over the effectiveness of such initiatives. But it is comforting to note that the number of terrorism plots foiled in the United States since 9/11 ranged from nearly 30 to 45, depending upon which published estimate you're reading.
So, if we've had this degree of success in countering the terrorist groups, why can't we do better when it comes to stopping "bad guys" in cyberspace?