Cybersecurity, Industry Insecurity
The technology fallout continues when it comes to the Obama administration’s Tuesday signing of the Cybersecurity Executive Order coupled with yesterday’s bipartisan introduction of the House Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. Reports note telcos/cablecos are concerned regarding language to exclude any commercial IT products from assessments of critical infrastructure at greatest catastrophic risk. Notes Michela Menting, cybersecurity senior analyst at ABI Research, “The United States clearly is at a stalemate, with the government floundering in a hotly politicized deadlock with trade lobbies and civil liberties advocates…The U.S. risks losing a very costly digital advantage if it doesn’t set its house in order soon.” Here’s what some organizations are saying:
 
>> NCTA: “(We share) the desire to improve our nation’s cyber defenses by promoting better collaboration between public and private sectors.”
 
>> Verizon: "Verizon agrees with the Administration that the security of cyberspace is a national imperative…However, the order complicates this by failing to recognize that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Categorically excluding relevant entities in the Internet ecosystem undermines our shared objective of protecting critical broadband assets."
 
>> CTIA: “Our members are committed to helping, but they need the government to be a willing partner to share intelligence and develop solutions to protect our consumers and our networks.”

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