Cybersecurity Act of 2012: “To enhance the security and resiliency of the cyber and communications infrastructure of the United States.”
In August, we began talking about the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, the failed bill that would have created cybersecurity standards for the companies that run critical infrastructures, like the power grid, gas pipelines, and water and transportation systems. Around this same time, it was reported that President Barrack Obama would use his power to issue an executive order to save the bill and issue new guidelines to protect the nation’s networks from looming cyber-attacks. However, nothing happened…until recently.
A draft of the President’s executive order has reportedly been leaked. The draft stated that the United States government “would create a new critical infrastructure cybersecurity council, which would be run by the Homeland Security Department and include representatives from the departments of defense, justice and commerce, and national intelligence office.” The executive order draft also called for the private sector to to “collaborate with the cybersecurity council and also cooperate with NIST in the development of cybersecurity guidance.”
So what does the rest of the nation think about the President’s potential executive order?
“That’s the wrong solution because it cannot fully address the one area most critical to improving cybersecurity—enhancing the sharing of cyber-threat information among private firms and with the government,” wrote Senators John McCain (Ariz.), Kay Bailey Hutchinson (Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (Ga.). “This cooperation and flexibility is critical and should be encouraged, not disrupted by adding new layers of bureaucracy at the Department of Homeland Security.”
“Unilateral action in the form of government mandates on the private sector creates an adversarial relationship instead of a cooperative one.”
In a New York Times editorial, “A New Kind of Warfare,” the Times stated: “What’s clearly needed are new international understandings about what constitutes cyber aggression and how governments should respond. Meanwhile, the United States must do what it can to protect its own networks.”
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