Advisory Panel Slams Bushs Cyber-security Policy
Independent advisory panel appointed by Congress says policy is tepid and relies too much on the cooperation of the private sector.An independent advisory panel appointed by Congress issued a report on Monday that is sharply critical of the Bush administrations cyber-security policy, saying it is tepid and relies too much on the cooperation of the private sector. The report is the fourth annual study delivered by the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction, headed by former Virginia Gov. James Gilmore. The document takes the government to task for failing to adopt the panels earlier recommendations to improve security and concludes that "national coordination of cyber security policy has not significantly improved." The panel recommended that Congress establish an independent commission to suggest strategies for critical infrastructure protection and that the White House merge its physical and information security staffs to increase efficiency and reduce confusion over responsibility.
The panel, also known as the Gilmore Commission, says in its report that the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, released in draft form in September, "poses what we view as voluntary, tactical responses to an inherently strategic problem of national importance. If it is adopted, it will be a step in the right direction, but a small step indeed." The commission also says that the strategy, prepared by the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, "apparently has not been cleared by the full board despite appearances to the contrary in the introductory letter."