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President Obama made space in his State of the Union address to mention online security and revealed that he has signed an executive order named "Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity." "We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy," the …

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Maybe if he signs an order to...

Not have Microsoft Windows in government offices. Now that WOULD be an improvement in "security".

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Re: Maybe if he signs an order to...

Windows shouldn't be in anything even remotely security-critical, but the OS does have a couple of gov't certs. You'd expect them to have learned their lesson after the whole McKinnon hack, but no.

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Terminator

At least they're doing something

If it's the right track however, time will tell.

Here in Blighty apparently we're vulnerable for next few years as we don't have the people/infrastructure to deal with large scale attacks, apparently...

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IT Angle

Re: At least they're doing something

I'd much prefer they do nothing, if they're not sure it's "the right track", as you put it.

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Re: At least they're doing something

Yep, they're preparing for everything except the thing that'll get 'em. My guess is that it will be some now, wonder food additive that will be found (too late, of course) to turn everything solid in the human body to liquid. Those of us who try to avoid weird ingredients will suffocate from the stench.

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Re: D'oh!

Should have been "new, wonder food additive"

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They mean compelled sharing

Their aim isn't sharing it's compelled cooperation is their goal. And the criminalization of dissent.....

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Black Helicopters

Does this mean...

... they will now need my inside leg measurement, and the names and religions of my grandparents before I can board a plane bound for the 'Land of the Free'?

Black helicopter, natch.

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Big Brother

The President signs something. That means things will get better, right?

Yes, he's in full control, well informed, has clear goals, knows what a president is about and what a president should stand for.

"That's why, earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information-sharing and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy."

Glad that's cleared up. The administration can now continue to weaken national security, destroy jobs and eradicate "our" privacy via government control programs, as it has been doing for the last three presidential 4-year freakshows (if not the last four or five ones).

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Re: The President signs something. That means things will get better, right?

Jesus dude. What are you on about? Google know more about you than the government. Try getting yourself arrested if you doubt me. I can search for myself on Facebook and discover as much about me as the police can get in an hour. Your other rants are far, far off any IT related topic, but if you've got privacy concerns it should be with private companies, not our super inefficient government.

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Childcatcher

Re: The President signs something. That means things will get better, right?

if not the last four or five ones

No, we are talking about the Prez signing something, not a trip to the local strip club (where you might want four or five ones, ya cheapskate). As it happens, it looks as though Cyber Com will be ramping up, which is likely to create jobs and is meant to increase national security. Your point about privacy is well taken, though. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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Translation

"Executive Orders" == "Whims of a dictator"

And nobody has had more "whims" than Obama

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Re: Translation

Obama has issued fewer exec orders than any U.S. president since Grover Cleveland over 100 years ago.

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@ Chris007 -- Re: Translation

http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/executiveorders.asp

"First of all, the number of executive orders issued by President Obama is grossly exaggerated here. By our count, as of 28 September 2012 the total number of executive orders issued by President Obama was 138, not 923. Moreover, compared to President Obama's predecessors in the White House, this is not an unusually large number of orders for a modern president: President George W. Bush issued 291 executive orders during his eight years in office, while President Bill Clinton issued 364 such orders over the same span of time.

"The listing of numbers of executive orders issued during the terms of modern presidents included in one of the examples above also bears no resemblance to reality."

Obama's record on executive orders -- his "whims", as you would have it -- is well below such "tyrants"as Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman and Theodore Roosevelt.

...Watch a lot of Fox News, do you...?

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Re: @ Mike Moyle -- Translation

Fair enough - I was only going on what I'd read.

Perhaps my strapline should have been

Nobody has had more "dictator like whims" than Obama (NDAA for a start)

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Re: @ Chris007 -- Translation

It's not the number, it's the breadth and the discretion that goes with them. Oh, and all those unaccountable "Czars" that go with it. Usually creating regulations to enforce those executive orders.

And you should watch some Fox News to counteract all the Kool Aid you've been drinking.

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He's just a moron

Obama and the other criminals in U.S. government are clueless IMO. They wouldn't know how to develop cyber security if you hit them over the head with a clue.

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Illusion of Privacy

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/the_privacy_illusion/

...A more accurate view is that the government divides the details of your life into two categories:

1. Stuff they don't care about.

2. Stuff they can find out if they have a reason.

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bring it on

prepare for the net SOPA/PIPA incarnations while the President remains blameless while cashing in on all that Hollywood money and the support of CA politicians.

Keep worrying about "free" birth control while the very information that would educate you on what is really going on, is stifled by EO's by the Vacation President.

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Big Brother

Information-sharing and privacy ..

"earlier today, I signed a new executive order that will strengthen our cyber defenses by increasing information-sharing and developing standards to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy".

A bogus pretext to expand the state spying apparatus on its own citizens. Increased information-sharing and privacy are two mutally incompatible concepts. Increasing information-sharing won't bring cyber security, what will is devising a 'computer' that can't be hacked by clicking on a hypertext link or opening an email msg.

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