Business Groups Give Thumbs Sideways to Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

May 20, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Tech News World

Information technology providers and politicians on both sides of the aisle are applauding the Obama administration for wading into the complex issue of cybersecurity. The administration issued its package of Internet security legislative proposals last week, spurring hopes that the U.S. Congress would approve a comprehensive national program this year.

However, the anticipated momentum for Congressional action related to the administration’s proposals may be elusive. Instead, there may be an all-too-familiar logjam, as both substantive and political issues slow down the legislative process. At the moment, the administration is generally getting an “A for effort” from all sides — but on program specifics, it’s earning a lesser grade from some politicians, observers and business groups.

The proposed legislation “is a milestone in our national effort to ensure secure and reliable networks for Americans, businesses and government,” said Howard Schmidt, the administration’s cybersecurity coordinator.

Aims at Four Targets

Reflecting processes similar those employed in the administration’s healthcare program, the cybersecurity package covers the full spectrum of information technology issues, rather than addressing different aspects separately and incrementally. However, the sheer scope of the cybersecurity issue may be such a challenge that completing a program will take considerable time.

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