[ISN] A cybersecurity quiz: Can you tell Obama from Bush?

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2009 03:05:11 -0500 (CDT)

By Declan McCullagh
Politics and Law 
May 29, 2009 

The U.S. president has announced a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy 
for the federal government, saying Internet-based threats have risen 
"dramatically" and the country "must act to reduce our vulnerabilities."

A 76-page White House document calls for a new way of looking at 
Internet and computer security, saying that private-public partnerships 
are necessary, collaboration with international organizations will be 
vital, and privacy and civil liberties must be respected in the process.

Sound familiar? The year was 2003, and the president was George W. Bush, 
who wrote the introduction to what he called a "National Strategy to 
Secure Cyberspace."

On Friday, President Obama announced his 76-page "Cyberspace Policy 
Review"--with precisely the same number of pages as his 
predecessor's--at an event at the White House.

While the Bush document discusses centralizing cybersecurity 
responsibilities in the Department of Homeland Security and the Obama 
document shifts them to the White House, the two reports are remarkably 
similar. Perhaps this should be no surprise: Obama selected Melissa 
Hathaway, who worked for the director of national intelligence in the 
Bush administration and was director of an Bush-era "Cyber Task Force," 
to conduct the review.

To test your political acumen, we've taken excerpts from both and placed 
them side by side in the following chart. Can you tell which quotations 
come from which administration? (An answer key is at the end.)


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