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posted: 9/19/2012 5:00 AM

Stronger rules needed on cyberattacks

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The White House plans rules for cybersecurity. The 21st century is synonymous with the age of technology. As such, new laws must be passed in order to accommodate the changes of society. Drafting an order to strengthen the country's computer systems against attack is imperative in this day and age. I completely agree that the executive order be passed.

Almost everything is digitalized, so consequently, new protection must be initiated since technology wasn't as huge as it is now. Also, setting up voluntary guidelines to companies is a clever idea. It provides companies with the capabilities to guard themselves against cyberattack, yet does not require them to follow the guidelines. Therefore, Republicans' criticism and opposition to the standards that it would be a "regulatory burden on business" would be quelled.

Having a special council encompassing several government agencies to find threats is an effective plan of action. It is flustering to me, however, that this past summer compromise legislation, meant to protect the nation from cyberattacks that would affect electric grids, communications networks, etc., was not passed.

In my opinion this legislation is critical in the 21st century and I hope that this first draft continues to be revised and then on to be passed as a national implementation.

Claire Erickson


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