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Panel: Gov't Can't Mandate Security


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#1 Scarlett

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Posted 15 November 2004 - 04:28 PM

Now is not the time for the U.S. government to mandate cybersecurity standards to private industry, despite significant threats and a lack of understanding by many company executives. So concluded a panel of government officials that met to discuss the issue in September.The panel of cybersecurity-focused officials -- part of a discussion in Washington, D.C., on whether government and private industry are doing enough to protect confidential information -- agreed that cybersecurity mandates were not the right way to encourage private companies to adopt cybersecurity best practices. Instead of a so-called "stick" approach, the Congress could instead develop some "carrot" incentives for companies looking to upgrade their cybersecurity efforts, according to Bob Dix, staff director of the technology and information policy subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform.
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Posted 15 November 2004 - 11:19 PM

I could not agree more. Everytime the government, for however good a purpose, steps in to "help" everyone, they end up destroying creativity and creating must more paperwork and bureaucracy.
What has made the creation of the web an axial moment for mankind, has been its freedom, its universitality, and its innovation. Control by clerks or by clerics can only destroy it. Politicians and demogogues have managed with invisibility to get control of much of our language, let's keep them out of the Internet.
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Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one should be silent.




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