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RE: [ISN] Administration Pares Cyber-Security Plan

Forwarded from: "Huggins, Michael" <mhhuggins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

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
First Command Information
Security Manager
817 569 2435

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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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