Do you trust the government with your computer?November 16, 2012
Do you trust the federal government to keep your personal data safe? What about your business's records and trade secrets? If you answered "no," you have good reason - the federal government has had 13 breaches and failures of its own cyber-security just in the last six months.
Yet President Obama and his allies in the Senate are pushing forward to regulate America's cyber-doings, without any clues about how much this will cost us or how it will work.
It's become the norm with this president - if Congress fails to accomplish his objectives, he goes around it with executive orders and federal regulations. He's doing it again. Congress did not pass the Cyber-security Act of 2012 before the election, so the president has issued a draft of an executive order to put much of that legislation in place without lawmakers voting.
Not to be left behind, though, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, may try to get another vote on the bill before the end of the year - some are saying as soon as this week.
If the idea of cyber-security - trying to secure all of the country's sensitive computer networks and data - sounds abstract, that's because it is. It's so abstract, in fact, that the legislation and executive order our leaders are pushing offer few details about what they would actually do, other than piling more confusing regulations onto businesses.
When you think about it, the idea of the federal government trying to be on the cutting edge of technological security is pretty laughable. As The Heritage Foundation's David Inserra notes:
"Simply put, government regulations usually take 2436 month to complete, but the power of computers doubles every 1824 months. This means that any standards developed will be written for threats that are two or three computer generations old."