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AP sources: White House set to unveil cyber plan
AP/Yahoo ^ | 5/12/11 | Lolita Baldor

Posted on 05/12/2011 3:41:38 AM PDT by markomalley

The White House on Thursday is expected to unveil its proposal to enhance the nation's cybersecurity, laying out plans to require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure like the electrical grid, financial systems and nuclear power plants.

The Obama administration also is insisting that companies tell consumers when their personal information has been compromised.

According to cybersecurity experts familiar with the plan, the administration's proposed legislation also would instruct federal agencies to more closely monitor their computer networks.

Several House and Senate committees have been working on cybersecurity legislation for the past two years, while waiting for the administration to weigh in with its proposal. The process has been difficult, as industry leaders, privacy advocates and security experts wrangled over how to protect the U.S. from cyberattacks without infringing on business practices or civil liberties.

The threat is diverse, ranging from computer hackers going after banking and financial accounts to terrorists or other nations breaching government networks to steal sensitive data or sabotage critical systems like the electrical grid, nuclear plants or Wall Street.

Federal computer networks are being scanned and attacked millions of times a day, and U.S. officials warn that hackers have begun targeting power plants and other critical operations to either bring them down or take them over. A glaring example was the Stuxnet worm that targeted Iran's nuclear program last year, including the infection of laptops at Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

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And of course the government will use cybersecurity and infrastructure protection as an excuse to monitor more and more communications online.

"Details about the White House bill have been kept under wraps"

Of course. They don't want to tell the public what they're going to do until they are actually doing it *to* the public.

1 posted on 05/12/2011 3:41:41 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Anyone want to guess which “czar” will run this program?


2 posted on 05/12/2011 3:43:45 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Who is John Galt?)
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To: markomalley

From experience I know how awful it is once you have been compromised - but it’s like anything in life, businesses will do what needs doing so they can remain in business, particularly in the financial sector. The govt doesn’t need central planning for it.

I would welcome the govt actually being proactive to go after the foreign sources constantly trying to crack US govt and private sector IT. Surely the US govt could compromise and destroy some hack equipment operations in Nigeria or Russia? Why just take it, why not go out and destroy it - all day every day - lessening the burden on private business to meet a govt. mandate?


3 posted on 05/12/2011 3:55:12 AM PDT by major-pelham
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This will actually be a greater assault on our civil liberties than the Patriot Act ever was.

Hope all those liberals and libertarians who have been condemning the Patriot Act will be just as loud in condemning this plan....and Obammie the Commie for pushing it.


4 posted on 05/12/2011 3:58:30 AM PDT by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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And this:

The White House has a cyber coordinator, Howard Schmidt, but the administration has been opposed to having the position subject to Senate confirmation.

The most transparent administration in history.

5 posted on 05/12/2011 4:06:54 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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‘businesses will do what needs doing so they can remain in business, particularly in the financial sector. The govt doesn’t need central planning for it.”

I run a security business and am really torn on this. Most business will not do what needs to be done. They will ignore the problem vs spending money to fix it. I’ve had banks tell me they’ll accept the risk of a data breach after they did a cost analysis and figured it would cost them less than fixing the problem. I’ve had CEO’s tell me they don’t want to know what their problems are because then they are responsible to fix them.

Of course govt agencies don’t follow the rules in place for them either. They are pathetic in most cases.

The best example of what works is PCI (for credit cards), where the industry got together and made a solution that seems to be making things better. its not perfect but it kept the govt out of the mix.


6 posted on 05/12/2011 4:08:02 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: markomalley
unveil

from :http://www.thefreedictionary.com/unveil

Verb

1. unveil - remove the veil from; “Women must not unveil themselves in public in Islamic societies”<.B>

uncover, expose - remove all or part of one’s clothes to show one’s body; “uncover your belly”; “The man exposed himself in the subway”

veil - to obscure, or conceal with or as if with a veil; “women in Afghanistan veil their faces”

7 posted on 05/12/2011 4:08:44 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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The process has been difficult, as industry leaders, privacy advocates and security experts wrangled over how to protect the U.S. from cyberattacks without infringing on business practices or civil liberties.

The writer has got it wrong. It is not a difficult task, rather it is an impossible task.

Civil liberties WILL be infringed.

8 posted on 05/12/2011 4:11:40 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: markomalley

Most transparent administration in history.


9 posted on 05/12/2011 4:39:58 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: EQAndyBuzz

3 for this job and one more to tell him he is an idiot.


10 posted on 05/12/2011 4:47:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: markomalley
Sounds racist.

(This is almost as fun as posting "Bush's Fault"...)

11 posted on 05/12/2011 4:48:52 AM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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And this is because the government has demonstrated its outstanding ability to protect its own networks????


12 posted on 05/12/2011 5:08:01 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Ooh, ooh. Call on me. Call on me. I know. It’s going to be the Putz of New York, Michael Bloomberg. He’s been wagging his tail over the forced alert system for cellphones almost as much as Obamao has over taking out Bin Laden. Bloomberg, with his penchant for overbearing government, not to mention his stunt in doing an end run around NYC’s terms limit, is just the little dictator type Obamao will need to run the Big Brother operation.


13 posted on 05/12/2011 5:22:01 AM PDT by Dahoser (Separation of church and state? No, we need separation of media and state.)
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To: markomalley

Avoid cloud services, encrypt your email and take other measures.


14 posted on 05/12/2011 5:30:05 AM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: markomalley

Oh great. Under this plan half the people on the internet will be government drones (making tons-o-money) watching the other half of the people on the internet.


15 posted on 05/12/2011 6:44:38 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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Oh, yeah. Whatever it’s called has no relationship to what it will do.


16 posted on 05/12/2011 6:46:48 AM PDT by CPOSharky (The only thing straight, white, Christian males get is the blame for everything.)
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The article also states; Details about the White House bill have been kept under wraps, but officials say large portions are similar to the Senate cybersecurity legislation, which is being drafted by the Commerce and the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs committees, and coordinated by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.

The Senate bill would create a White House cybersecurity coordinator, to be confirmed by the Senate, who would advise the president on cyber matters. And it would establish a National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications at Homeland Security to work with the private sector to set standards for critical infrastructure.


Harry Reid is going to help Obama create a Cyber Czar to add to this current IMPERIAL presidency.

17 posted on 05/12/2011 7:46:14 AM PDT by pyx (Rule#1.The LEFT lies.Rule#2.See Rule#1. IF THE LEFT CONTROLS THE LANGUAGE, IT CONTROLS THE ARGUMENT.)
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Where is the ACLU???


18 posted on 05/12/2011 9:59:17 AM PDT by KevinDavis (http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode08/usc_sec_08_00001401----000-.html)
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ON THE INTERNET:


DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "White House Launches U.S. International Cyber Strategy" by Cheryl Pellerin (SNIPPET: "White House officials yesterday launched a strategy that the administration says unifies U.S. engagement with international partners on a range of cyber issues for the first time. The International Strategy for Cyberspace was presented here by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III. "Cyberspace and the technologies that enable it allow people of every nationality, race, faith and point of view to communicate, cooperate and prosper like never before," President Barack Obama said in an introduction to the report.") (May 17, 2011)
DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE): Washington - "Lynn: Cyberspace Strategy to Build Coalition of Nations" by Cheryl Pellerin (May 16, 2011)

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19 posted on 05/18/2011 2:06:22 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=63966

News
American Forces Press Service

White House Launches U.S. International Cyber Strategy

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011 – White House officials yesterday launched a strategy that the administration says unifies U.S. engagement with international partners on a range of cyber issues for the first time.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III addresses the White House Launch of the International Strategy for Cyberspace in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2011. From left, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Attorney General Eric Holder, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Homeland Security Advisor John Brennan joined Lynn. White House photo by Lawrence Jackson
(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available.

The International Strategy for Cyberspace was presented here by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

“Cyberspace and the technologies that enable it allow people of every nationality, race, faith and point of view to communicate, cooperate and prosper like never before,” President Barack Obama said in an introduction to the report.

“Citizens across the globe,” he added, “are being empowered with information technologies to help make their governments more open and responsive.”

“I am delighted to carry forward our defense cooperation in the cyber realm,” Lynn said, “and look forward to working closely in this effort with the departments of State, Justice, Commerce and Homeland Security, and under the continued leadership of President Obama.”

In a May 16 White House blog post, White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard A. Schmidt wrote that the international strategy is larger than any one department or agency.

“It is a strong foundation for the diverse activities we will carry out across our entire government,” he added. “It is about the principles that unite our nation, the vision that unites our policy, and the priorities that unite our government.”

The report says the United States will:

— Combine diplomacy, defense and development to realize a future in which cyberspace is open to innovation, is interoperable worldwide, and is secure and reliable;

— Ensure through diplomacy that as many nations as possible have access to the economic, social, political and security benefits of cyberspace;

— Expand the benefits of a connected world by offering its technical resources and expertise through international development to help in building and securing digital systems;

— Protect its networks from terrorists, cyber criminals and states, and will respond to hostile acts in cyberspace as it would to any other threat to the country; and

— Encourage positive actions and dissuade those who threaten peace and stability in cyberspace with policies that combine national and international network resilience with vigilance and response options.

The United States reserves the right, the report adds, to use all necessary means — diplomatic, informational, military and economic — to defend the nation and its allies, partners and interests, seeking broad international support whenever possible.

The military’s role in keeping its networks secure will be further detailed in the Defense Department’s forthcoming Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace, Lynn said.

Because the commitment to defend citizens, allies and interests extends to wherever they are threatened, the report says, the United States will:

— Recognize and adapt to the military’s increasing need for reliable and secure networks;

— Build and enhance existing military alliances to confront potential threats in cyberspace; and

— Expand cyberspace cooperation with allies and partners to increase collective security.

Over the past year, Lynn said, the Defense Department has worked with officials in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the NATO alliance to strengthen cyber partnerships.

“While our efforts are increasingly linked with many international partners,” he added, “far greater levels of cooperation with more nations are needed if we are to stay ahead of the cyber threat.”

The new international strategy, Lynn said, “provides a framework for how we can expand this cooperation and establishes how network security relates to other crucial areas of partnership.”

Biographies:
William J. Lynn III
Related Sites:
Special Report: Cybersecurity
Lynn’s Remarks
White House Blog: Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace
Related Articles:
Lynn: Cyberspace Strategy to Build Coalition of Nations


20 posted on 05/18/2011 2:13:48 AM PDT by Cindy
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=63960

News
American Forces Press Service

Lynn: Cyberspace Strategy to Build Coalition of Nations

By Cheryl Pellerin
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 16, 2011 – White House officials released an international cyberstrategy here today that will help to build a “coalition of nations [with a] mutual interest in securing cyberspace,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

The event to launch the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace also included remarks by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“The strategy the president is releasing today provides a framework for how we can expand this cooperation and establishes how network security relates to other critical areas of partnership,” Lynn said.

Hosting the event were John O. Brennan, assistant to the president for counterterrorism and homeland security, and Howard A. Schmidt, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator.

Senior foreign diplomats and representatives from industry, civil society and academia also attended.

Clinton said the strategy’s seven key policy priorities are economic engagement, cybersecurity, law enforcement, military cooperation, multiple-stakeholder Internet governance, development and Internet freedom.

“We are seeing cyberspace transform before our very eyes,” she said. “Now we must shape this transformation.”

White House officials released a statement that called the strategy a “first-of-its-kind policy document [that] offers our comprehensive vision for the future of international cooperation in cyberspace.” The report also outlines the administration’s agenda, the statement said, “for partnering with other nations and peoples to ensure the prosperity, security and openness that we seek in our increasingly networked world.”

Lynn said no one nation can devise or enforce a sustainable solution.

“It is hard to overstate the importance of cyberspace to the Department of Defense or the need to engage our allies and partners to keep it secure,” he said. “Department of Defense networks are probed millions of times a day, and more than 100 foreign intelligence agencies have tried to penetrate our networks or those of our industrial partners.”

Cyber threats are growing more serious and more prevalent, Lynn added, and meeting them requires the cooperation of nations, the private sector and individuals.

“Our military continues to ensure that we can operate with secure and reliable networks, he said, “and maintain the capability to defend vital national assets.”

The Defense Department’s forthcoming Strategy for Operating in Cyberspace, Lynn said, will detail the military’s role in keeping DOD networks secure.

“Just as our air defenses are linked with those of our allies to provide warning of attack, so too must we share information to prevent and, if necessary, respond to cyber intrusions,” he added.

Over the past year, DOD officials have worked with counterparts in Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the NATO alliance to strengthen cyber partnerships, Lynn said.

“While our efforts are increasingly linked with many international partners,” he added, “far greater levels of cooperation with more nations are needed if we are to stay ahead of the cyber threat.”

The strategy that President Barack Obama released today, Lynn said, “provides a framework for how we can expand this cooperation and establishes how network security relates to other crucial areas of partnership.”

Lynn said he is delighted to carry defense cooperation forward in the cyber realm.

“I look forward to working closely in this effort with the departments of State, Justice, Commerce and Homeland Security under the leadership of President Obama,” he said.

Biographies:
William J. Lynn III
Related Sites:
Special Report: Cybersecurity
Lynn’s Remarks
White House Blog: Launching the U.S. International Strategy for Cyberspace


21 posted on 05/18/2011 2:17:49 AM PDT by Cindy
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SNIPPET from post no. 21:


"Clinton said the strategy’s seven key policy priorities are economic engagement, cybersecurity, law enforcement, military cooperation, multiple-stakeholder Internet governance, development and Internet freedom.

“We are seeing cyberspace transform before our very eyes,” she said. “Now we must shape this transformation.”"

22 posted on 05/18/2011 2:19:50 AM PDT by Cindy
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ON THE INTERNET:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/internetgovernance/index


23 posted on 05/18/2011 2:23:51 AM PDT by Cindy
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