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House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill 170

eldavojohn writes "The Caucus, a NY Times Blog, is reporting on the overwhelming majority vote (422 yeas) the House gave a new cybersecurity bill. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061 has a number of interesting provisions. Representative Michael Arcuri, a Democrat of New York who sponsored the bill called cybersecurity the 'Manhattan Project of our generation' and estimated the US needs 500 to 1,000 more 'cyber warriors' every year in order to keep up with potential enemies. The new bill 'authorizes one single entity, the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, to represent the government in negotiations over international standards and orders the White House office of technology to convene a cybersecurity university-industry task force to guide the direction of future research.'"
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House Overwhelmingly Passes Cybersecurity Bill

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  • by JDeane ( 1402533 ) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:05PM (#31025450) Journal

    Where do I sign up?

  • by moz25 ( 262020 ) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:10PM (#31025500) Homepage

    Too little, too late.

    For more than a decade, effort was done to *weaken* the domestic talent at developing themselves or helping (causing) to harden the existing infrastructure.

  • by fibrewire ( 1132953 ) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:19PM (#31025596) Homepage

    Nah, I just get sick of cybersecurity bill garbage - not like anyone on slashdot is going to do anything about it.

  • Google attack? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by antiaktiv ( 848995 ) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:20PM (#31025608)
    Would it have had as much support without the recent (allegedly chinese) attack against Google and other companies?

    BYOCT... (Bring your own conspiracy theory)
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:22PM (#31025620)

    Standard operating procedure: Eradicate what's there, bring in your own guys.

  • Bleh (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:35PM (#31025722)

    It's incredibly difficult to do something in an official, bureaucratic capacity without making your plan (and your goals) seem ridiculous, and your knowledge of the problem laughably ignorant. The internet is championed as a communication medium designed to be 'un-patrolable,' and any system that inspires hollywood-type 'hacking' will be immediately, firmly, and justifiably criticized by those who value it for exactly that reason. It sounds like our politicians are convinced that China has a few more 'cyber-warriors' than us, so we need to get in on that arms-race and move some of those crazy xbox kids away from shooting zombies so they can make pew pew at the holes China's punching in the giant 'firewall' UI buried under Nebraska. Why does the language of our policy, the words coming from the mouths of our representatives, have to be so over-simplified? Why can't the media hire somebody who knows what the hell they're talking about, and have him explain it in language appropriate for the content? Aren't the people who actually care about the issue, and so become its audience, the same people who are insulted by the simplified method in which its presented? Honestly, if you want my Grandmother to read an article in your newspaper, fine, if you want her to vote for you, fine, but don't spoon-feed me BS and tell me it's good for me.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 04, 2010 @03:57PM (#31025950)

    As someone who transitioned through the program, yes it is an excellent system. The problem is that it is very difficult to find clearable talent in the the field, so to remedy the situation they expanded who can be accepted to the program.
    As of now, the SFS program is filthy with Business degrees and the CS, ECE, CompE degrees are a rarity. Somehow i don't think the business kids are quite the "Cyber Warriors" that everyone is talking about.

  • Re:I wonder (Score:2, Interesting)

    by girlintraining ( 1395911 ) on Thursday February 04, 2010 @05:45PM (#31027468)

    It has nothing to do with ACTA. Really. Read the bill. It's S&T driven: research, education, and having somebody there when standards setting bodies meet.

    The internet has been a thorn in the side of every government since it's creation -- it's a place where people can organize against the government, conduct tax-free business, and freely and anonymously congregate. The only 'standards' the governments of the world are interested in, are ones that allow them a greater degree of control over it.

    Do you really think they give a damn about whether it runs on IPv4, or IPv6, or whether DNS is secure or not?

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