RE: [ISN] Administration Pares Cyber-Security Plan

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Date: Wed Sep 11 2002 - 23:12:21 PDT

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    Forwarded from: "Huggins, Michael" <mhhugginsat_private>
    Again with the sensible approaches to remove security from a process
    or procedure or product Americas "Greedy" corporate wizards will turn
    the ostriches loose in the Congress/Senate and we will again end up
    with another GLB/HIPPA/DMCA not complaining since when they bury their
    heads my job continues to be ensured.
    Michael H. Huggins
    CISSP CTOC USN (ret)
    First Command Information
    Security Manager
    817 569 2435
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    From: InfoSec News [mailto:isnat_private] 
    Sent: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 4:00 AM
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    Subject: [ISN] Administration Pares Cyber-Security Plan 
    By Ariana Eunjung Cha
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Tuesday, September 10, 2002; Page A04 
    As the White House moves to finalize a national plan to better secure
    cyberspace, high-tech firms and other companies are continuing a furious
    campaign to have some recommendations struck from the document.
    The administration no longer plans to recommend that Internet service
    providers such as America Online, MSN and EarthLink bundle firewall and
    other security technology with their software. Instead, it will ask ISPs to
    "make it easier" for home users to get access to such protections.
    It also does not plan to recommend that a privacy czar be appointed to
    oversee how companies make use of their customers' personal information,
    according to several people involved in drafting the document.
    A government official said the changes were made in hopes the plan would be
    adopted voluntarily by industry and not necessitate another layer of
    government regulation.
    Several companies have argued that if the government tells people what to
    buy and dictates how they should run their businesses, innovation will be
    squelched. But others said private industry was more concerned about the
    costs involved in carrying out the recommendations.  
    Businesses also worry about taking on new legal liability.
    "I've been really shocked at how companies have been acting in their own
    interest rather than in the national interest," said Allan Paller, director
    of the SANS Institute, a computer-security think tank and education center.
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