Open Source Software and Linux

Apr 5 2009   4:27PM GMT

Cybersecurity bill before Senate for approval

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

A cybersecurity bill is before the Senate for approval. The bill, if passed, would impose standards on the public and private sectors and certifications for cybersecurity professionals.

The legislation is aimed streamlining cybersecurity authorities, promoting public awareness and enhanci cybersecurity cooperation between government and industry, The bill would also increase cybersecurity education and research and development efforts.

So far as networks are concerned the bill would give the new national cybersecurity adviser the right to disconnect any network deemed critical to national security or the US infrastructure from the internet. This would only happen if the network is considered at risk for attack.

According to the article:

The senators also called for a public awareness campaign, a review of the laws that apply to cybersecurity and a report on identity management and civil liberties. They would also further involve the private sector in cybersecurity efforts through the establishment of:

* A group that would certify that products purchased by the federal government meet cybersecurity standards.
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A panel of outside experts to advise the president on cybersecurity.
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A public-private clearinghouse for information sharing on cyberthreats.
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State and regional cybersecurity centers to help small and medium-sized businesses.

I suppose it had to happen sooner or later. In the past couple of months I have mentioned several cybersecurity attacks, some successful and other networks at risk, in both the private and public sectors. It is a natural progression of this county’s government to step in when business, organizations, and government branches refuse to police themselves and protect their constituents and customers from harm.

On the brighter side a whole new market is opening up for security professionals and software. This is going to happen at the collegiate level as well as in the development of new security software. If you are looking for a career or career change this is an area that you should investigate.

-j

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