Saturday, April 04, 2009

It's worse than you think

I told you the bill on cybersecurity was nothing but trouble.

now we have some details....

The bill would also impose mandates for designated private networks and systems, including standardized security software, testing, licensing and certification of cyber-security professionals.

so, a company no longer gets to determine what security works for them and is most cost-effective to their budget needs. nope. the government in their infinite wisdom will tell private companies what is the "best" security. anyone wanna place some bets on if it's really going to be the best or if it'll just be the lowest bidder? As someone who both worked in the IT business for the government AND did purchasing for the government i'm here to tell you that if we let the government figure out the best security to use..... we're fucked.

The legislation also calls for a public-private clearinghouse for cyber-threats and vulnerability information under Department of Commerce authority. The Secretary of Commerce would have the authority to access "all relevant data concerning such networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule or policy restricting such access."

if this was suggested during the Bush administration, the cries of "fascism" would be dwarfed only by the blood shooting out of the eyes of liberal bloggers.

Hope and Change.

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