Homeland Security will tell you how to run your network
The Land of the Free, which revolted against a penny a year tax which was designed to pay for its defence, is ordering companies to turn over control of their networks to a government department.
“The Homeland Security Cyber and Physical Infrastructure Protection Act of 2010,” will empower DHS to set cybersecurity standards for some private networks that are considered critical infrastructure.
It will create a Cybersecurity Compliance Division which will pop around and see if network managers are doing what the spooks say they should.
The DHS will have to work with network operators, to develop tailored security plans that meet risk-based, performance-based standards.
However the DHS will have to share threat intelligence and protect proprietary information.
But the law could also apply to whichever company’s security is considered important to the defence of the US.
The belief that a government department could tell Wall Street about security is a bit of a joke, but too much law based on terror fears often bring out dafter ideas.