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Senators Underscore Public’s Role In Nation’s Cyber Security Efforts

April 13th, 2010 · No Comments

In a recent joint op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) “Now Is the Time to Prepare for Cyberwar,” argue:

The information networks that nearly every American relies on are under constant attack by sophisticated cyber adversaries. These adversaries target our identities, our money, our businesses, our intellectual property, and our national security secrets. They often succeed. What’s more, they have the potential to disrupt or disable vital information networks, which could cause catastrophic economic loss and social havoc. We are not prepared.

Rockefeller and Snowe are sponsors of the Cyber Security Act of 2010. What’s particularly relevant for this blog is that the legislation has a section focused on what citizens can do to contribute to the nation’s cybersecurity. In fact, the second proposal in the op-ed is to: ”Launch a new public awareness campaign to make basic cybersecurity principles and civil liberty protections as familiar as Smokey the Bear’s advice for preventing forest fires”

Much of cyber security effort is the responsibility of the government and private sector, but there is also public role. That has been underscored by DHS Secretary Napolitano and other experts. Yet, as the senators point out, more work needs to be done to get that message through to the average user.

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