Archive for August, 2012

Cybersecurity Act of 2012 Fails; Is America Vulnerable to a Cyber Attack?

Friday, August 31st, 2012

“To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”

We have been addressing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 for several weeks. The Act would have created cybersecurity standards for the companies that run critical infrastructures, like the power grid, gas pipelines, and water and transportation systems. But now that the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 has been voted down by the Senate, what is next for America? Well, many – including Dan Lohrmann, one of the nation’s first state chief information security officers – believe the lack of a unified plan leaves America vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

“Honestly, it’s disconcerting that the bad guys are ahead of the good guys,” said Lohrmann. “It seems like the bad guys are more organized and united in their goal, which is to take advantage of our lack of unity and coordination.”

Dams, power plants, water systems, and other infrastructures critical to the day-to-day operations of the country are no controlled by computer networks, networks that could be targets for terrorist attacks.

“We need to have legislation; we need clear guidance in this area,” said Lohrmann. “What can be shared before, during and after a cyber event? What level of trust is in place? What information is subject to the Freedom of Information Act? We need common rules on this stuff.”

What do you think about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012?

Do we need Cybersecurity Legislation?

What is the best Course of Action moving forward?

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More on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012: Could an Executive Order be Looming?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012:  “To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”

Last week we explained how the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed to gain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill past cloture and go up for a full vote. And we hinted at the possibility of President Barrack Obama using his executive branch authorities, issuing an executive order to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012. Well, now Senator John Rockefellar (D-W.Va.), one of the co-sponsors of the bill, is asking the President to do just that.

In a letter to President Obama, Rockefellar urged the President to “explore and employ every lever of executive power that you possess to protect this country from the cyber threat.” Rockefellar believes that several portions of the Act could be implemented via executive order, regulatory processes, or under the authorities of the Homeland Security Act.

What an executive order cannot do for the bill, which would have set voluntary standards for companies operating critical infrastructure, is to offer incentives to companies adopting the practices, including protection against liability for punitive damages. Still, Rockefellar believes it is in everyone’s best interest to formalize and establish best practices to protect critical infrastructures.

“I believe companies that own critical infrastructure will choose to participate in this program because it will be in their best option to protect themselves against the cyberthreat facing our nation,” said Rockefeller. “This cyberthreat is unprecedented and we need an innovative and cooperative approach between the private sector and the federal government to protect the country from it.”

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About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

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Senate Kills Cybersecurity Act of 2012, President Obama Poised to Respond

Friday, August 10th, 2012

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012:  “To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”

Recently, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D–NV) failed to get the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 passed, despite support from President Barrack Obama and a heavy push from sponsors Joseph Lieberman (I–CT) and Susan Collins (R–ME).

“Regardless of today’s vote, the issue of cybersecurity is far from dead,” said Michelle Richardson, ACLU legislative counsel, after the bill failed to gain the 60 votes necessary to move the bill past cloture and go up for a full vote, essentially blocking any chance at cybersecurity legislation this year.

“This is one of those days when I fear for our country and I’m not proud of the United States Senate,” said Lieberman following the Senate vote. “We’ve got a crisis, and it’s one that we all acknowledge. It’s not just that there’s a theoretical or speculative threat of cyber-attack against our country — it’s real.”

In fact, President Obama called cyber-attacks “one of the most serious economic and national security threats our nation faces.” The President believes that the federal government not only can develop the appropriate regulations to provide cybersecurity, but should fully oversee U.S. businesses and infrastructure in that effort. And because of this strong stance, many believe the President will exercise his power, issuing an executive order to pass the Cybersecurity Act of 2012.

“The executive order option has been off the table because people were waiting to see what would happen with legislation,” said Jim Lewis, director of technology and public policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “But the president could direct agencies to use their existing authorities to require cybersecurity standards. He could do that right now.”

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About DHA:

David F. Hale founded DHA Group, Inc. in 1994 to provide superior program management and operations support services to agencies within the Federal Government. Since June 2008, DHA has won many contract awards, including a Prime Contractor position on the prestigious Program Management Support Services (PMSS) contract with the FBI. DHA was also awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract on the FBI’s $30 billion Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (IT Triple S) program to provide supplies, equipment, and IT services to support, maintain, and modernize the Bureau’s IT systems and architectures.

As we continue to expand into new areas of business, DHA remains committed to maintaining our high standards of service excellence.

You can also follow DHA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.