Two Think Tanks Examine Cyber-Security Threats

There is a “legitimate—indeed necessary—government role in protecting the Internet against theft, espionage, and cyber attacks. Just as there is a role for government law enforcement to protect tangible private property, there is a role in protecting cyberspace properties,” concludes a comprehensive article posted at The Heritage Foundation.

The article, “10 Conservative Principles for Cyber Security Policy,” is written by visiting fellow Paul Rosenzweig. He reluctantly concludes that the National Security Agency is better equipped to deal with cyber threats than is the Department of Homeland Security, although a “strong preference should be for a civilian response for what is, after all, a predominantly civilian network.”

“Cybersecurity Two Years Later," a follow-up report issued by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, concludes that “the shift to cloud computing offers an opportunity to better secure the national digital infrastructure by concentrating the burden of cyber security among a relatively small number of service providers rather than thousands of individual businesses.”

The report also says that, in the two years since its first cyber-security report was issued, “the Obama administration has fallen short of implementing measures that would protect the U.S. from cyber attacks.”

To read about the Center for Strategic and International Studies report, click here:http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/020211-cloud-
services-cyber-security.html?page=1

To read the Heritage Foundation article, click here:http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/01/10-conservative-
principles-for-cybersecurity-policy