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Old 09-01-2009, 04:21 PM
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Source: The SANS Institute

Proposed legislation introduced in April gave the President the power
to "declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or
shutdown of internet traffic to and from a compromised federal
government or critical infrastructure information system or network."
Despite concern from Internet companies and civil liberties groups about
the power granted, a revised version of the bill still grants the
President the power to take control of information systems, but the new
language is even more vague. The revised bill also proposes
establishing a federal cyber security professional certification program
and require that only people with the certification be permitted to
manage certain private system networks.





[Editor's Note (Pescatore): There is actually only one sentence about
"shutting down" the Internet in the draft bill - if sanity prevails that
will get X-ed out. The language requiring the Department of Commerce to
set up a licensing and certification program for cybersecurity
professionals also needs similar delete key activity. The rest of the
bill actually has some good ideas but lots of pork barrel projects, too.
(Schultz): This bill is not really as draconian as those who have
reacted so negatively to it would have the public believe. The Internet
is so complex and geographically diverse that the notion of having
centralized control that allows quick and definitive action on the part
of anyone, let alone the US President, is a bit far-fetched. For more
see blog.emagined.com]
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