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Feds Launch Cyber Security Guidelines For U.S. Infrastructure Providers

The White House on Wednesday released the first version of its cyber security framework for protecting critical infrastructure. Critics say these voluntary guidelines enshrine the status quo

The White House on Wednesday released the first version of its cyber security framework for protecting critical infrastructure. It's a catalog of industry best-practices and standards that creates a voluntary template for companies to use in developing better security programs.

The Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity "enables organizations -- regardless of size, degree of cybersecurity risk, or cybersecurity sophistication -- to apply the principles and best-practices of risk management to improving the security and resilience of critical infrastructure," the White House said in a statement.

Although the document was hailed by administration officials as a "major turning point" in cybersecurity, it contains little that is revolutionary or even new. The National Institute of Standards and Technology, working with the Homeland Security Department and industry stakeholders, has compiled a set of known, publicly vetted standards that can be applied to identify, protect from, detect, respond to, and recover from risks.

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3/7/2014 | 6:27:35 AM
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Every time HLS cavity searches a three year old whose name is "John Smith" (on the no fly list) you have to wonder how many real terrorists are getting through.
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3/7/2014 | 6:24:10 AM
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Software Reliability (q.v. IEEE). Software is basically a binary mathematical equation; and equations always have a deterministic answer. The reliability of a missile is easy enough to calculate given a finite number of parts and limited inputs and outputs. Yet we have examples of the entire East coast telecom failing due to an unforeseen state in a single telco switch circuit board or the entire west coast power system crashing due to unforeseen fluctuations in a complex system. The Product of myriad of input states that are dependent on countless output state feedbacks generates output states that, although not infinite, but would take several lifetimes to test. The software we use will fail, its just a question of how and when. When is playing Russian Roulette with a lot more chambers. How is what can be addressed. Reliability can be improved by granular modularity with fixed failure modes in each atomic module (no more programming in Java?). And choice of preferred or directed failure mode.
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ROF,LMFAO talk about the Fox guarding the Hen-House
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