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Getting cybersecurity right
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2012 04:30:57 -0500 (CDT)

http://thehill.com/opinion/op-ed/218237-getting-cybersecurity-right

By Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
The Hill
03/26/12

Our nation’s computer systems are vulnerable to online attack. This is a growing threat to our economy and our national security. American businesses understand this threat — this is why last year they invested more than $80 billion in the security of their computer networks.

I came to Washington as the CEO of a manufacturing company. I know firsthand that the private sector is choking on a torrent of federal regulations. Job creators face a $1.75 trillion — and growing — regulatory burden. In his first three years, President Obama issued 106 regulations that each had more than a $100 million impact on the private sector, and hundreds more that imposed smaller but still heavy burdens.

These days, businesses are more likely to hire a lawyer than a new employee.

Yet proposals in Congress, advocated by the White House, would give the federal government, namely the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), power to dictate cyber- regulations to the private sector. Such regulations would create a maze of assessments, audits and standards that must be obeyed by companies deemed by DHS to be “covered critical infrastructure.”

I do not believe this is the right strategy because I have little faith in the ability of the federal government to be the leader on cybersecurity.

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