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U.S. Rep Outlines Online Security Bill

Publication Date: 
January 17, 2012
Source: 
The Stanford Daily
Author: 
Anthony Vasquez

Professor Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar spoke with the Stanford Daily's Anthony Vasquez about a new cybersecurity bill that would require the federal government and private companies to disclose information about online threats with each other.

Last Friday, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) outlined the main points of a bill, which if signed into law would require the federal government and private companies to share information about online threats.

Rogers, who is chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, along with Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini spoke with the media following an invitation-only panel discussion. The event, titled “Leveraging Private Sector Drive and Innovation to Improve U.S. Cybersecurity,” was organized by Stanford’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC). In addition to Rogers and Otellini, members of the panel included Stanford Law Professor and CISAC co-director Mariano-Florentino Cuellar, Representative Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), Vice President for Security Engineering at Google Eric Grosse, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect Edward Screven and Cisco’s Security Group Leader Chris Young.

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“An important challenge in the years ahead for the government is convincing the public that it can handle sensitive information such as what might be shared by private sector entities under a bill like this,” Cuellar wrote in an email to The Daily. “Courts, legislative oversight and internal auditors within the executive branch such as inspectors general could play an important role in that process.”

Cuellar remarked that policymakers around the world are becoming more interested in the issue of cybersecurity. This is one reason for CISAC’s increased involvement in this area of study.

“As with national security and criminal justice problems more broadly, the choices we make to secure cyberspace will have far-reaching effects on our lives,” Cuellar wrote. “Americans should recognize that the stakes here are partly about the safety and security of computer networks, but also about identity management and privacy, international cooperation and the role of the public sector.”