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Two bills introduced giving the President the power to deem a private network part of the nation’s critical infrastructure and shut it down for cybersecurity reasons also gives the Commerce Secretary the power to access network data outside of oversight.
Senators Jay Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe introduced legislation last week echoing much of what the CSIS report was looking for, which is primarily a set of standards network operators are to live up to—more on that in a bit. One bill creates the office of cybersecurity czar, called a National Cybersecurity Adviser, who will oversee national network security. Confirmed by the Senate, the cybersecurity czar will have the highest security clearance necessary to monitor infrastructure networks and will be a party to secret initiatives.
Thanks to the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, the cybersecurity czar will be advised by a panel stakeholders from government, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors, much like the signatories to CSIS’s report. Also under the longer bill, the President can order the disconnection of any federal or private critical infrastructure network during emergencies or for reasons of national security. “Critical infrastructure” could include the networks attached to financial, power, transportation, medical, communication or any other network deemed critical that could be the target of a cyber attack.
Are we looking like our Chinese brother?
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The bill lets you cut access to and from any given "infrastructure network". You can take down any number of servers in the U.S., and still not be able to "turn off the internet," even in the U.S. It's a lot of interconnected tubes, it turns out. If you're in Michigan and you can't get a signal in Detroit, you get it from Ontario. Then your techie buddie immediately realizes MY GOD THEY TURNED OFF THE INTERNET, because let's say, for the sake of idiotic argument, that the top 100 hubs are suddently "gone." He sets up a hub. Someone else sets up a hub. blah blah blah. It may be slow and remind everybody of dial up, but the "internet" is not "turned off."
Your actual concern would be things like privacy, rather than service/access. In other words, nobody wants to "turn off" the internet. I mean, regardless of Obama's nefarious plans for worldwide socialist dictatorship, how would stopping the display of porn help him?
can't think of a situation where it would be necessary to turn off the internet and only allow emergency personnel.......none whatsoever
On 9/10/2001 could you imagine what happened the next day?? You never know what is going to happen, don't you think it is better to plan for every contingency even the ones not thought of yet??... to me it sounds like common sense and somewhat surprised it was not buried in the Patriot Act.
“We like to say that dependability is more important than ability,” Bill Belichickism....