The Obama administration has made their Homeland Security Plan for securing America against terrorist attacks public. The plan covers a multitude of areas
including: Defeating Terrorism Worldwide, Preventing Nuclear Terrorism, Strengthening American Bioterrorism, Protecting our Information Networks, Improving Intelligence Capacity and Protecting Civil Liberties, Protecting Critical Infrastructure, and Modernizing America's Aging Infrastructure. Working in information technology, I am very interested in how the administration intends to protect our information networks. I pulled this off of the White Houses's Web site:
Barack Obama and Joe Biden -- working with private industry, the research community and our citizens -- will lead an effort to build a trustworthy and
accountable cyber infrastructure that is resilient, protects America's competitive advantage, and advances our national and homeland security. They will:
The Internet affects everyone. Why doesn't President Obama make this a cabinet position?
I guess that since Al Gore invented the Internet, Obama feels compelled to regulate it.
Just what we need, more regulation.
The government should not be working with industry to develop the next
generation of secure hardware or software. I am concerned that if the
government is involved in the development of these products then they will
be able to crack them any time they feel it necessary.
Why does the private sector need the government to do this? Industry developed
the Internet, despite what Al Gore thinks, and a free market economy will keep it
going. Less government is better government.
The "Industry" is very capable of developing systems that are secure. I
think having the government involved will hamper the development
process and cost billions to develop. Remember the days of the $10,000
Now this is something I agree with. However, why stop here? Why not
increase the jail time for convicted cyber-criminals? Second, the majority of
hackers live in foreign countries. Most of these people get off because
their governments don't know how to catch or prosecute them. There
needs to be more collaboration with these foreign governments.
Again, I agree with the reasoning, but not the way they are goinig to go
about it. Government does not need to be involved with setting standards.
Governments need to legislate, prosecute, supply tools to law enforcement,
money for training and development, and cooperate with foreign governements
to track and arrest cyber criminals.
The Obama administration is faced with the same issues that the Bush and Clinton
administrations have been faced with. I do understand that the issues today are more complex
and further reaching. That is why I feel the solutions need to be stricter, more
thought out, and more focused.