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Cybersecurity Act of 2009: Power grab, or necessary step?
This article is part of the May 2009 issue of Information Security magazine
CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE SECURITY has been dinged from every direction lately: attacks on the power grid; plans for the Joint Strike fighter jet stolen; hospitals hit by Conficker; testimony before Congress on the shoddy state of affairs and the need for attention and oversight. Yet the one that has civil libertarians and folks on both sides of the aisle concerned the most is the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, a bill proposed by West Virginia Democrat Jay Rockefeller and Maine Republican Olympia Snowe. On its surface, the bill isn't a radical departure from what experts have been asking for all along. The senators want to establish a cybersecurity advisory panel that includes public and private industry representatives, create a national cybersecurity strategy, develop security standards for software used in federal systems, appropriate money for research and development and sponsor educational initiatives around cybersecurity. All well and good until you get to sections 14 and 18 of Senate Bill 773. Provisions in section 18 would ...
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Features in this issue
Identity management technology is adapting to meet enterprise needs. Learn what products can improve security and ease compliance.
The Cybersecurity Act of 2009, also known as S.773, would give the president unprecedented authority over federal and private networks. Experts debate whether it's a power grab, or a signal of the seriousness of threats to critical infrastructure.
Cut through the hype and learn the differences and benefits of intrusion detection and prevention systems.
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Columns in this issue
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Security experts Bruce Schneier and Marcus Ranum debate whether users should have an expectation of online privacy.