View Poll Results: Who should be held accountable for Cyber Security Defense

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Thread: CyberSecurity Defense

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    CyberSecurity Defense

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    Is the government doing enough to protect us online? - CNN.com

    More than 400 million people trust Google with their e-mail, and 50 million store files in the cloud using the Dropbox service. People manage their bank accounts, pay bills, trade stocks and generally transfer or store huge volumes of personal data online. Who is ultimately in charge of making sure all this information is secure: the government, the companies or the users?
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    Re: CyberSecurity Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by Dion View Post
    Private companies and the users themselves. Let's not give the government one more freakin' thing to do badly. If laws are broken, then government will step in and enforce them. But, for the most part, private companies should be responsible for delivering on the promises they make their customers. If they are not? That's what civil courts are for.
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    Re: CyberSecurity Defense

    given that everything is intertwined and that so much essential infrastructure is online, cyber security is rapidly becoming a top national defense priority. i'd say individual businesses are accountable for their services, but an increasing percentage of the big picture falls under national security.

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    Re: CyberSecurity Defense

    The existence of this forum proves not. I'm not sure how any responsible government would allow such crazed dissent.

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    Re: CyberSecurity Defense

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Private companies and the users themselves. Let's not give the government one more freakin' thing to do badly.
    The US government employs some of the best hackers in the world. What makes you think that they would do it badly...let alone worse than private companies, which don't have the same incentives to protect the public?

    If laws are broken, then government will step in and enforce them. But, for the most part, private companies should be responsible for delivering on the promises they make their customers. If they are not? That's what civil courts are for.
    I think you are grossly underestimating how crippling a major cyberattack would be to our economy and our national security...even if it was against a private company. ESPECIALLY if it was against a private company, since they currently are not bound by many of the same cybersecurity laws that the federal government is.
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    Re: CyberSecurity Defense

    I think businesses and users need to be responsible for implementing security measures on their computers but it's going to take a combined effort between government and software companies to keep us on an even keel in cyberspace. What business does now is mostly crisis management, responding to security threats as black hats expose them, and to some extent we can never get completely away from that. But someone needs to be constantly thinking about the next step and business won't do it because there's no money in it. That's a job only the government can take on, hence the collaboration.

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Private companies and the users themselves. Let's not give the government one more freakin' thing to do badly. If laws are broken, then government will step in and enforce them. But, for the most part, private companies should be responsible for delivering on the promises they make their customers. If they are not? That's what civil courts are for.
    Would you want private companies running the military? How about the police? This is the same thing in many cases. Cyber security is just too big an operation for American business to crack all on it's own - and I sure don't want the nation's R&D records, many of which are stored on private computers, exposed to the world. Uncle Sam needs to take the lead in this area and, in fact, does already take the lead where it can, but it's not enough. We're losing this particular war one database at a time and it's a war we cannot afford to lose.
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