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Offline DaBees-Knees

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http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/04/vowing-to-preve.html

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First came the drug czar, the copyright czar and even the car czar. Now comes the cybersecurity czar. The latest czar proposal was included in legislation proposed Wednesday to federalize cybersecurity. Among other things, it would empower the federal government to impose cybersecurity protocols on private industry. The proposed legislation by Sen. Jay Rockefeller IV (D-West Virginia) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) came the same day the much-hyped Conficker Worm was supposed to destroy the world. More important, the announced legislation came on April Fools' Day — but unfortunately, this isn't a hoax. That's because uniform standards could provide a field day for hackers. And consider that government-backed standards in the credit card banking sector have already proved futile, one swindle at a time. What's more, the proposed cyber czar would be vested with the authority to shutter both public and private computer networks during a cyberattack. Snowe said the legislation creating the newest czar — which is a page out of the recent recommendations of the Commission on Cybersecurity, is needed to avoid Armageddon. "If we fail to take swift action, we, regrettably, risk a cyber Katrina," she said in a statement. Can a cabinet-level cyber czar win the War on Internet Terror? Under President George W. Bush, Richard Clarke held the noncabinet role of cyber chief and wrote a book about the government's inept approach to tracking terrorists and securing cyberspace. And, consider how successful the drug czar has been on the War on Drugs. All the while, the position of copyright czar, approved by Congress last year, remains unfilled even as the content industry complains it loses billions to online file sharing. The car czar, just appointed Friday, is supposed to save an ailing U.S. auto industry that reported some of the worst sales results on record Wednesday. Still, Rockefeller echoed Snowe. "We must protect our critical infrastructure at all costs — from our water to our electricity, to banking, traffic lights and electronic health records — the list goes on.  It's an understatement to say that cybersecurity is one of the most important issues we face; the increasingly connected nature of our lives only amplifies our vulnerability to cyber attacks and we must act now," Rockefeller said in a statement.

Only time will tell how well this will work out.

Offline White Stripes

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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2009, 02:44:56 pm »
not well at all...

ppl need to enable automatic updates after the government imposes restrictions on MS on what they can send down the automatic update pipe (send security updates... not new versions of a still broken browser and system crippling WGA bullshit...)

Offline Cobra

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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2009, 04:17:40 pm »
Well, there is always that "Well we have to do SOMETHING!" reasoning, so I can understand the basics, but if it ends up just another job hat isn't helping anyone or only seems to tear things apart rather thna build it stronger, then of course there is a problem.

Where I worry is when they see what their attempts aren't fixing anything, they step things up to make things go only further downhill instead of the other way around.
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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2009, 10:29:08 pm »
If you sit idle and allow unelected people to steal your rights in the real world or online you will only have yourselves to blame.

Fear and the propagation of exaggerated effects of criminal/terrorist activity seem great tools for politicians to weild when it comes to attacking democracy, the reality is simply that for each person saved from terrorism (30 according to US govt figures) last year 6000 die from poor healthcare yes thats right folks 180,000 unecessary deaths, the question is do we as ordinary folks support the use of our revenue to save lives or merely government weapons programs to massage our fears away ?

Offline RReactor

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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2009, 01:32:59 am »
what country is a true democracy
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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2009, 02:30:01 am »
@rreactor: good question...

Offline Daniel

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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2009, 06:39:00 am »
what country is a true democracy
The USA is actually a republic, not a democracy.
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Re: Vowing to Prevent 'Cyber Katrina,' Senators Propose Cyber Czar
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2009, 09:25:14 am »
LOL@daniel

Democracy is merely a system of governance where folks get to vote for who they wish to lead the country in fair and equal measure, true democracy I,m sure does exists somewhere but when you throw professional politicians into the mix the lines get blurred and the trust of the poulace regularly abused, politicians are like used car salemen, anything to clinch the deal and you pick up the tab.



 


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