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megimoo
03-25-2009, 10:41 AM
A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House

Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.

CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President.

That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they're at risk of a cyberattack, "critical" computer networks from the Internet. snip
CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they're at risk of a cyberattack, "critical" computer networks from the Internet.

"I regard this as a profoundly and deeply troubling problem to which we are not paying much attention," Rockefeller said a hearing this week, referring to cybersecurity.

Giving the White House cybersecurity responsibility was one of the top recommendations of a commission that produced a report last year to advise President Obama on cybersecurity issues. However, the Homeland Security Department, which currently has jurisdiction over cybersecurity, has insisted the reshuffling of duties is not needed.

Given the enormity of cybersecurity threats, the responsibility is a natural fit for the White House, said James Lewis, a director and senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, which issued last year's commission report.

"The Obama administration has an adviser on energy and climate change, and that's good and important," Lewis said, "but we're still in the mode that cyber is less important."

While the bill is still in draft form and thereby subject to change, it would put the White House National Cybersecurity Advisor in charge of coordinating cyber efforts within the intelligence community and within civilian agencies, as well as coordinating the public sector's cooperation with the private sector. The adviser would have the authority to disconnect from the Internet any federal infrastructure networks--or other networks deemed to be "critical"--if found to be at risk of a cyberattack.



http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10200710-38.html

noonwitch
03-25-2009, 12:16 PM
Basically, it sounds like they are taking cybersecurity from one executive department to another.

linda22003
03-25-2009, 12:24 PM
The impetus for this comes from a GAO report issued during the LAST administration. The CSIS (commission) report referred to in the article is available here (http://www.csis.org/component/option,com_csis_pubs/task,view/id,5157/). Or you can just run around with your hair on fire like the OP.

patriot45
03-25-2009, 12:59 PM
Uh, isn't this guy a treasonous, traitorious bastard?
a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-W.V.)