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Friday, April 24, 2009

Time To Put The Brakes On The Cybersecurity Act

Time To Put The Brakes On The Cybersecurity Act

Jason Lee Miller
Staff Writer

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What is essentially a federal government power grab combined with a giant money grab for industry is a real and perhaps unnecessary threat to your privacy and personal security. On top of that hole in your privacy, the Cybersecurity Act of 2009 plants a big, potentially exploitable hole on the network.

Time To Put The Brakes On The Cybersecurity Act
Time To Put The Brakes On The Cybersecurity Act

It's hard not to think immediately of President Eisenhower's farewell address warning of the influence of the military industrial complex when one also notices the swift path from CSIS proposal to sweeping legislation granting unprecedented power to the federal government over the Internet.

It is true that the US government's approach to cybersecurity over the past 20 years has been relatively atrocious, and that smart people with certain expertise are needed to ward off cyber attacks from foreign as well as domestic sources. It seems appropriate also that you see organizations like the Navy, the CIA, the NSA, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft, Cisco, GE, Verizon, et cetera et cetera et cetera ad nauseum working on the issue together.

But when the CSIS issued its report (with all of the above and more signatories) it was both jaw-dropping for the collective might behind it and appalling for the tone of demand it carried directed toward the newly elected President and Congress. If you or I had written up the same report and signed our relatively puny names to it, we'd have been laughed and pshawed out of the room for our delusions of grandeur and audacity to think we could boss the government around.

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