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By Dennis Fisher  |  Posted 2002-09-18 Print this article Print

: Critics Rap Bush Cyber-Security Plan "> Howard Schmidt, vice chairman of the PCIPB, acknowledged the strategys limitations. "This is not about government regulation to achieve cybersecurity. This is not about the government running the Internet," Schmidt said. The boards goal is to increase government support for the private sectors efforts to secure the Internet.
The release of the draft marks an important milestone in the plans development, as it is the first time the strategy is publicly available. Various people have seen small sections of the draft as it has evolved in recent months, but few have seen the entire document.
The plan was developed in part from suggestions provided by security experts, CEOs and others in several sectors of the economy, including banking and finance, insurance and health care. As eWEEK first reported in a series of stories beginning last month, the strategy at one time included several controversial elements, including the establishment of a federal network operations center to gather and inspect data traffic from ISPs, a recommendation that businesses disclose their security efforts and the appointment of a national privacy czar to oversee the governments policies and compliance. Many of the proposals drew sharp criticism from security and privacy experts and industry executives. The White House has since backed away from many of the proposals, including the privacy czar. The plan was also modified regarding a recommendation that ISPs give consumers personal firewall software when they sign up for broadband Internet service. The service providers complained that supporting millions of users unfamiliar with security technology would be an expensive logistical nightmare. Security experts say delaying the plans release is a good move in the long run, but the opportunity for public comment is something that should have come sooner. "They went and solicited information and then compiled it and were going to release it without any more input," said Scott Blake, vice president of information security at BindView Corp., in Houston, Texas. "But at the same time they wanted people to be on board and support it. Not very many people were going to get on board and support something they havent read. This is a good thing and it shouldve been the plan all along." Related Stories:
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