Monday, February 27, 2012

Cybersecurity 2.0

Crovitz, L. Gordon. "Cybersecurity 2.0." The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2012.

From the commentary: "Congress and the White House have considered dozens of bills over the past few years to address cybersecurity, chiefly how countries such as China and Russia are using the Web to access confidential information from companies and U.S. agencies.
The original approach was to create a "kill switch" empowering regulators to turn off access to the Web. New legislation would instead break down silos between U.S. companies and intelligence agencies so that cyber attacks can be tracked and reported, raising prospects for identifying cyber spies.

The U.S. is experiencing mind-boggling violations of cyber security…. The debate on cybersecurity has echoes from the recent battle over the Stop Online Piracy Act, because earlier approaches similarly threatened the mechanics of the Web. The cybersecurity bills now in Congress avoid the overreaching of SOPA, which was withdrawn when it became clear that the government cure of regulation of the Web was worse than the disease."  Read more (subscription may be required)