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Pentagon: Let Us Secure Your Network or Face the "Wild Wild West" Internet Alone




Pentagon: Let Us Secure Your Network or Face the "Wild Wild West" Internet Alone
Pentagon: Let Us Secure Your Network or Face the "Wild Wild West" Internet Alone



http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2010/05/einstein-on-private-networks 

By Kim Zetter  
Threat Level
Wired.com
May 27, 2010

Companies that operate critical infrastructures and do not voluntarily 
allow the federal government to install monitoring software on their 
networks to detect possible cyberattacks would face the "wild" internet 
on their own and place us all at risk, a top Pentagon official seemed to 
say Wednesday.

Defense Deputy Secretary William Lynn III, speaking at the Strategic 
Command Cyber Symposium in Nebraska, said we need to think imaginatively 
about how to use the National Security Agency's Einstein monitoring 
systems on critical private-sector networks -- such as those in the 
financial, utility and communication industries -- in order to protect 
us.

"Operators of critical infrastructure could opt in to a 
government-sponsored security regime," Lynn said. Otherwise, "individual 
users who do not want to enroll could stay in the wild wild west of the 
unprotected internet."

Failure to protect the power grids, transportation system, or financial 
sector, he said, "could lead to physical damage and economic disruption 
on a massive scale."

Privacy and civil liberties groups, however, have raised concerns about 
the Einstein systems with regard to what information they would collect 
and share with the government and what oversight, if any, would be put 
in place to ensure that federal privacy and wiretapping laws are not 
violated.

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