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United States Gets Ready to Fight Cyber Threat

When people think of cyber threats, they usually think of financial accounts being hacked. Unfortunately, there are much more dangerous threats that are possible through cyber strikes. Whether it’s a derailed train loaded with explosives or an affected power grid in a large city, these threats are not to be overlooked. With American lives on the line, the United States is making changes to how they will handle these threats. In other words, the cyber-strike force can find hackers who threaten Americans and will have the power to take them out.

You may be reading this and scoffing at the idea of a cyber threat doing much more than disrupting your internet access. This is because many people fail to realize how reliant Americans have become on technology and how much of that technology is reliant on computer systems and the internet. It’s not just your internet that could be affected. It could be a nuclear power plant that is attacked and goes into meltdown. It could a city water supply that is poisoned. It could even be satellites that are disrupted and prevent access to bank account funds. The damage could be small or it could be devastating. That’s why our country is preparing for the worst.

Our cyber-strike force is making changes that will allow the military to take defensive action when a threat that could kill Americans is detected. The President would still need to okay these actions, but it’s clear that we’re getting a better idea of how dangerous cyber threats could be. And, while those that attempt these attacks may think they are safe, the United States has the ability to track down attackers and hold them accountable.

It’s a scary world we live in. While technology has certainly made our lives easier, it has also opened a new way for our lives to be threatened. Do we rely too heavily on technology? Should some things continue to be protected by a physical staff, rather than digital passwords? Who knows. The simple truth is America needs to take its level of security into account when it comes to cyber technology. There should be multiple levels of security protecting the most dangerous areas. It’s only through serious protection that we can hope to protect the lives of Americans and this means taking cyber threats seriously. If we learned anything from September 11, it was that threats should never be ignored.

The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is Defeated

On August 2nd the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 was defeated by the US Senate.  This bill would have allowed big companies to track what we do on the Internet and then give that information to the government.  The senate needed sixty votes in order for the bill to leave the debate stage and to go into the next step.

While this is great news for the cyber community, this does not mean that this is the end of this type of legislation.  President Obama is currently looking at other ways to implement some aspects of this bill including using an executive order.  The president is adamant about protecting the country from cyber threats.  He feels that our current system is outdated and inadequate for today’s big threats.

This may be bad news for the president but those ordinary citizens of the United States are happy that this bill was stymied.  The act made it clear that Continue reading The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 is Defeated

Cybersecurity in the Senate: Time to take action

Do you appreciate your digital freedom? Do you know how to protect your security and remain safe on the Internet? If so, then you might have heard about the new Senate Cybersecurity bill S. 3414. The good news is that it is not CISPA. However, there are some downsides to this new bill. First, the privacy protections are under threat. They were added in response to the concerns of the Internet community but they may now be watered down or even removed completely as the bill advances through the Senate.

This is a common problem in these matters. The public hears about a proposed bill and support it but by the time it makes its way through the channels, you’re hardly looking at the same bill you supported in the beginning. This is why we have to step up and speak out.

Congress wants to use “cybersecurity” fears to convince people it’s ok to have their civil liberties challenged. They want to make you afraid of the dangers that exist online and believe that they are protecting you but the truth is they can protect you without invading your privacy.

When cybersecurity legislation is bad, it affects the privacy of the people. Often it will bypass the existing privacy laws and automatically send your personal data directly into the hands of the government without judicial oversight.

The Senate has introduced a new cybersecurity bill (S 3414) that addresses some of the most significant privacy concerns. While not perfect, S 3414 includes strong new privacy protections and we want to make sure they water them down while passing the bill. Continue reading Cybersecurity in the Senate: Time to take action