Cybersecurity in the Headlines Again

15 February 2013 Internet, IT & e-Discovery Blog Blog
Authors: Peter Vogel

A new Executive Order from the White House entitled “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity” was noted in the State of the Union with these comments:

...will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information sharing, and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy. Now, Congress must act as well, by passing legislation to give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.

Unfortunately there is little room for optimism since the White House’s 2009 Cyberspace Policy Review which included a thorough analysis concluding that the world’s economy is dependence on the Internet, and yet Congress has been unable to create cybersecurity laws. As a matter of fact the Senate filibuster in August 2012 abruptly ended proposed cybersecurity laws which had been passed in the House.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the EU proposed new cybersecurity rules that requires “search engines, energy providers, banks and other companies to report disruptions to government authorities.”

Cybersecurity is critical to all governments and businesses given the world’s dependence on the Internet.
 

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