Those of you who care about the US dominance of the computer technology industry should take a look at a bill recently introduced in the U.S. Congress. The "Cyber Security act of 2009" would create a "dizzying array of programs, administered by a variety of agencies". This link has some good commentary on what the bill would do.
Monday, April 6, 2009
The computer industry is a great example of the free market at work. There are loads of very, very smart people working their hearts out building amazing things. There is already a whole industry devoted to computer security. The standards and "best practices" of the computer security world are evolving constantly, and improving daily. There is almost nothing that federal agencies can do to make things better. Instead, this bill will add red tape, add barriers to entry for new entrants to the marketplace, stifle innovation, and generally harm security in the national infrastructure.
This would clearly cede "big brother"-like power to the federal government, and in return, we harm our premier industry, and gain nothing in terms of security.
This is yet another example of well intentioned legislation that is far worse than doing nothing at all.
Posted by Don Lee at 1:06 PM