Security vs Privacy

by Miguel V
The article I chose for this week is labeled “Cybersecurity bill passes, Obama threatens veto.” This article talks about a controversial cybersecurity bill that was approved late Thursday, even though President Obama is threatening to veto the┬ábill, citing concerns that the bill’s language doesn’t go far enough to protect citizens’ privacy. This article mentions that “companies would be incentivized to voluntarily share information with the government, and the United States could share crucical attack information with companies.”It also mentions that government’s top cybersecurity advisors widely agree that cyber criminals have the capability to take down the country’s critical financial, energy or communications infrastructure. Cyber attacks are now leveling the playing field, recently attacking Iran in the Stuxnet incident. A worm ordered the centrifuges in an Iranian nuclear facility to spin out of control ultimately destroying it.

I like that our top security advisors are bringing up the issue that the way we do security needs to be updated/reconstructed to account for the growing amount of cyber attacks. Something I dislike about this issue is that eventhough we know that our security isn’t where it should be congress still wastes time by disagreeing within eachother because they want to be the one that is right. I would think that it would be better for everyone involved if they would just put their personally feelings aside and realize that this security issue isn’t something we can sit back till it’s too late because something already happened.

David Goldman (2012, April 27). Cybersecurity bill passes, Obama threatens veto. Retrieved from

3 thoughts on “Security vs Privacy

  • April 29, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I agree. I believe it is necessary that our security needs to be updated and or reconstructed to account for the growing amount of cyber attacks. With the new amount of knowledge out there about hacking, we must stay consistent with the new modern world and should always think a step ahead.

  • April 29, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I was actually reading about this not too long ago. The problem with CISPA is that the language in the bill is far too vague and can be interpreted in a few different ways. Very interesting article.

  • April 30, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Well I also agree that the government should take action on cybersecurity at a faster pace, politicians need to stop playing their game of politics until/unless, something really bad happens. But a cybersecurity bill is still long overdue, and with the recent news of being able to hack into pacemakers, and insulin injecting devices for diabetic people, congress really needs to get moving fast.

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