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February 15, 2013

A Move in the Right Direction.

Barack Obama signs an executive act regulating cyber security

On Tuesday, President Obama issued a long awaited Executive Order on cyber security intended to expand and deliver more robust information sharing between government and the private sector.  The Executive Order also requires the development of a voluntary cyber framework and standards to improve protection of the U.S. critical infrastructure.  The Executive Order rightly focuses on a risk-based approach.  Resources are limited and prioritization to secure those areas most at risk is smart policy.  The sophistication of threats and targeted attacks on key economic sectors around the world stresses the urgency that action be taken to better secure critical infrastructure.  This effort by President Obama is a positive step to address a real gap in the protection of critical assets necessary to the well being of the United States.

The risk to critical infrastructures is real, and an international challenge that must be addressed by governments and the private sector together.  As we see more threats to the national and economic security of countries, action must be taken to better protect those critical national infrastructures.  Attacks like StuxnetFlameGauss and Shamoon are becoming commonplace and keep growing in sophistication.

I believe this executive order is a move in the right direction as it seeks to increase digital defenses of critical infrastructure, and tries to facilitate the exchange of threat information between the government and private sector.  Better cooperation between governments around the world and their private sectors to improve sharing of timely and relevant cyber threat information is essential. Likewise, operators of the critical infrastructures must work to implement flexible performance based standards to secure their assets.

We are at a critical juncture on cyber security protection, and leadership in the U.S. and around the world is essential.  We hope that other nations and unions will follow this example and take steps to better protect their national critical infrastructures.

We’re ready to support and assist in national and international cyber defense efforts with our research, technologies and people.

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Mary Ann

Finally someone who cares

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Geoff Nicoletti

The laws, if one could get them, from a Congress would never be able to keep up with the last 48 hours of malware; further, firewall configuration is based on designs of three to five years ago (even if tweaked due to an understanding of ‘dynamic’). The point is only by executive order, aggressive data bases, arresting groups, pre-emptive strikes, defending critical sites, and, yes, reengineering the Internet forcing all of us to meet at a third site can we avoid catastrophic events and all out cyberwar.

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Geoffrey louis Nicoletti

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The laws can not help with malware created in the last 48 hours—even if an American Congress represented the people in their needs rather the deepest pockets. Second, firewalls always date backwards to 3 to 5 years ago, even if tweaked by a dynamic approach. Third, Bluffdale is needed to data base surveillance on all groups and engineers who can physically destroy from a distance digital equipment; arrests must be made, cyber weapons removed, pre emptive strikes, but all we need the re-engineering of the Internet to force web sites into a third party site (the cloud ?)so that all attacks go there—missing their target—and, thus, putting an end to attacks. We must get. Rid of, also, that you can access every Internet site. For example, police, military, agencies should be on a separate Internet operating with completely new protocols, voltage ranges, and NOS. Democracy is the wrong context for such a net—privilege is to compliment the Internet we now have.

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