A recent Associated Press Google News article on the inability of the U.S. government to protect itself from cyber attacks points out that because of bureaucracy, and lack of support the most powerful nation in the world still doesn’t get it. Our leadership, both in the White House and Congress, doesn’t have a clue as to what security best practices are required to bring us into a protected mode. Either that, or they just don’t think the situation is a serious threat.
In a sense, they seem to take good advice from cyber security experts and then ineptly implement the recommendations by not giving the responsible organizations the appropriate power (authority, funding, etc.) required to be successful. The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US CERT) is a prime example of a good idea poorly implemented. And the Federal Information Security Management Acts (FISMA) of 2002 and 2008 were both dismal failures, primarily because of ignorance of the threat, the issues, and best practices. These bills could have been the vehicles for the adequate protection of our country’s cyber infrastructure, but alas, they were so diluted they ended up only requiring a basic level of training and a lot of bureaucratic documentation. Truly a shame.
The article points out a few bright spots in our government that sound like legitimate solutions; however, only time will tell if they are in reality just more useless rhetoric. I’m voting for rhetoric. Let me know what your thoughts are on this issue.
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