"... permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency."
S.773 - Cybersecurity Act of 2009 CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency."
August 28, 2009 12:34 AM PDT
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
Call for White House Control of Security
New York Times, The (NY) - Thursday, April 23, 2009
Author: JOHN MARKOFF Thom Shanker contributed reporting from Washington.
There are now at least three camps involved in the decision that the president will make about control of cybersecurity, Mr. Lewis said: traditional national security policy analysts who are not focused on the cyberthreat; intelligence and military agencies that are seeking to consolidate power and influence over cyberpolicy; and an influential group that has said stricter cybersecurity regulations could damage innovative Internet industries associated with Silicon Valley.
“We didn’t expect the Googles of the world coming in and saying, this makes us nervous,” he said.
Several former government executives said they saw the early influence of the Obama administration on Ms. Hathaway ‘s speech.
Cyber -security czar quits after administration’s delays in finding successor
Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) - Tuesday, August 4, 2009
For several months, the Obama administration’s promise to make cyber -security a national priority has felt like a New Year’s resolution to start going to the gym: you really mean to start, but you just never get to it.
And as a result of that, now the country’s top cyber -security seat is going to start getting dusty. The Obama administration cyber -security czar Melissa E. Hathaway announced on Monday she will resign, apparently fed up of waiting for the president to name her successor.
“I wasn’t willing to continue to wait any longer because I’m not empowered right now to continue to drive the change,” Hathaway told The Washington Post.
Hathaway was the top aide on cyber -security under the Bush administration and was asked to remain in the post to lead a 60-day review of cyber -security policies after Obama was elected.
But Hathaway had been spinning her wheels ever since, The Wall Street Journal reported. She apparently became ostracized after suggesting regulating some private-sector entities’ networks and, well, the Bush administration’s former aide probably wasn’t the most popular girl in the new school.
Report: White House acting cyberspace chief resigns
The White House press office did not immediately respond to a call seeking confirmation of her resignation,