Is Google a ‘Critical Infrastructure?’

Energy and water distribution systems are among the critical infrastructure the U.S. government wants to protect from computer network attackers, with tight regulatory standards. So are the nation’s financial and communications networks. Will that ‘critical infrastructure’ eventually include Internet search engines?

In an article on the New York Times website, John Markoff says Google has turned to the National Security Agency in hopes of learning more about the culprits responsible for breaching the company’s cybersecurity defenses last year.

“By turning to the N.S.A., which has no statutory authority to investigate domestic criminal acts,” Markoff writes, “instead of the Department of Homeland Security, which does have such authority, Google is clearly seeking to avoid having its search engine, e-mail and other Web services regulated as part of the nation’s ‘critical infrastructure.’

To read the New York Times article, please click here:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/05/science/05google.html