Bill Would Require Government and Private Sector to Require Minimum Cybsersecurity Standards for Devices that Connect to the Internet

December 16th, 2010

More specifically, we need to reengineer the Internet to make attribution, geolocation, intelligence analysis and impact assessment — who did it, from where, why and what was the result — more manageable.

Mike McConnell, VP Booz Allen Hamilton

It’s like the man says at the blog below, “Here it comes.”

Via: Economic Policy Journal:

Sen. Benjamin Cardin, D-Md has introduced a bill that would require the government and the private sector to require minimum cybsersecurity standards for devices that connect to the Internet.

the Internet and Cybersecurity Safety Standards Act would require top government officials to determine the cost-effectiveness of requiring Internet service providers and others to develop and enforce cybersecurity safety standards, according to a press statement from Cardin’s office. Cardin is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee.

The bill also requires officials — including Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano, attorney general Eric Holder, and Commerce secretary Gary Locke — to consider the effect the standards would have on homeland security, the global economy, innovation, individual liberty, and privacy.

Here’s Cardin’s full Press Release. Keep a vomit bucket nearby.

“Every computer connected to the Internet, whether a part of our nation’s critical transportation or energy infrastructure or sitting in a family living room, is a prime target for cyberterrorists, cyberspies and cybercriminals who want to steal our identities, corrupt our financial networks, and compromise or disrupt key resources. Users of computers and other devices that connect to the Internet are generally unaware that their computers and other devices may be used, exploited, and compromised by others with spam, viruses, and other malicious software and agents.

“We live in a digital world and we need to arm ourselves with the right tools to prevent a digital 9/11 before it occurs. Failure to take such steps to protect our nation’s infrastructure and its key resources could wreak untold havoc for millions of Americans and businesses, as well as our national security.”

One Response to “Bill Would Require Government and Private Sector to Require Minimum Cybsersecurity Standards for Devices that Connect to the Internet”

  1. rotger Says:

    Of course no mention that they can simply cut the internet cables to shut down everything.

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