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8/26/2008
12:25 PM
Keith Ferrell
Keith Ferrell
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National Cybersecurity Responsibilty: Public v. Private. Where Do You Stand?

A long article in today's Los Angeles Times raises -- and examines -- what should be a key national issue: who's most responsible for cybersecurity? The government or the private sector?

A long article in today's Los Angeles Times raises -- and examines -- what should be a key national issue: who's most responsible for cybersecurity? The government or the private sector?The piece, "Public, private sectors at odds over cyber security" by Times staffer Joseph Menn takes a good walk through the challenges and controversies raised by a) government bodies (and candidates) who don't have clear national cybersecurity plans, proposals and strategies, and b) a corporate sector increasingly insistent that there is a need for a national (which is to say federal) cybersecurity initiative.

Both sides acknowledge that whichever side ends up charged with securing our cyber-borders, a lot -- a lot -- more resources are going to be required than are currently being applied.

The Times piece is well worth reading -- and passing along.

Clearly, though, these questions will be deferred for the next administration and Congress, though based on the evidence so far neither side seems particularly inclined to raise the issue. Plenty of talk about consumer privacy; barely a whisper about national cybersecurity.

Where do you stand on the issue? And have you let your preferred candidates know?

Here's a good Paul Korzeniowski bMighty piece on a possible solution: a public/private cybersecurity partnership.

 

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