Toward Optimal Cyberspace Security
Solid middle ground has to be foundand soon.On the eve of the planned unveiling of the national Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, the chairman of the Presidents Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, Richard Clarke, announced the "working draft" would be open to comment for 60 days, rather than being delivered in read-only form. "The process is almost as important" as the document, said Clarke. We think the process might be more important. Since hes asking for comment, heres our take. The released draft waters down many provisions of a preliminary draft, a copy of which was obtained by eWeek reporters. On the whole, while the preliminary draft may have been too draconian, the draft as published was too weak. Some solid middle ground has to be foundand soon.
Thanks to the backlash to the pre-release draft, there were a number of changes, including the softening of calls for a federal NOC to monitor and collect security data, suggestions for security audits at private companies, and a move to prohibit most wireless LANs in federal agencies. Clearly, Clarke wants to spark discussion, rather than provoke reaction.