Wow, just when you though big government was someone else's problem

Marcus H. Sachs marc at sans.org
Sat Apr 4 21:57:34 CDT 2009


Wrong bill.  You want S.773, not S.778.  There were two bills introduced
concerning cyber security.  The one that has everybody talking is S.773.
S.778 concerns the creation of the Office of National Cybersecurity Advisor
within the Executive Office of the President.

S.773
Title: A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the
United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber
communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of
the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for
the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve
and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for
other purposes.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 4/1/2009)
Cosponsors (3)
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read
twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and
Transportation.

S.778
Title: A bill to establish, within the Executive Office of the President,
the Office of National Cybersecurity Advisor.
Sponsor: Sen Rockefeller, John D., IV [WV] (introduced 4/1/2009)
Cosponsors (3)
Latest Major Action: 4/1/2009 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read
twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental
Affairs.


Marc

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Marc Sachs <marc at sans.org>   
Director, SANS ISC   


-----Original Message-----
From: John Schnizlein [mailto:schnizlein at isoc.org] 
Sent: Saturday, April 04, 2009 8:20 PM
To: Suresh Ramasubramanian
Cc: nanog at nanog.org; Jeff Young
Subject: Re: Wow, just when you though big government was someone else's
problem

I suggest that we wait until the actual text of S.778 actually shows  
up at http://thomas.loc.gov before reacting to hyperbolic analysis of  
drafts not actually assigned to the Committee on Homeland Security and  
Governmental Affairs.  Although I am concerned with what has been  
attributed to this bill, not all drafts seem to contain the worst  
text.  Once the Committee takes up the bill, the most effective way to  
fix or kill it is for the constituents of the members of that  
Committee to call or write them:
http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?Fuseaction=About.Membership

John

On 2009Apr4, at 6:46 AM, Suresh Ramasubramanian wrote:

> On Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 2:33 PM, Jeff Young <young at jsyoung.net> wrote:
>> This comes from Lauren Weinstein's list and it's worth a read.
>> It's a bill introduced into legislation, who knows where and when
>> and if it will become law but, wow.
>>
>> http://lauren.vortex.com/Cyber-S-2009.pdf
>
> Relying on Lauren to hear about cybersecurity related news is like
> relying on Fox News for an accurate picture of what Obama is doing.
> Ignore.
>
>> I'll just give you a teaser:
>>
>> SEC. 9. SECURE DOMAIN NAME ADDRESSING SYSTEM.
>
> There's more than enough government supported work going on that
> promotes DNSSEC, in case you're not aware?
>
>> Other pearls of wisdom:  the government will license all "cyber"  
>> security
>> folks and you don't work on government or "any network deemed by
>> the president to be critical infrastructure" without one.
>
> Do you by any chance get to go work on sensitive government networks
> without, say, a security clearance?
>
> --srs
>







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