S.773 - Cybersecurity Act of 2009

A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: A bill to ensure the continued free flow of commerce within the United States and with its global trading partners through secure cyber communications, to provide for the continued development and exploitation of the Internet and intranet communications for such purposes, to provide for the development of a cadre of information technology specialists to improve and maintain effective cybersecurity defenses against disruption, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 as introduced.
  • Short: Cybersecurity Act of 2009 as introduced.

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  • cadaverousmob 04/07/2009 6:17pm

    “For more than a century ideological extremists at either end of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents such as my encounter with Castro to attack the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure–one world, if you will. If that’s the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”—David Rockefeller

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    Abramsgavin 03/23/2010 9:56pm

    That big bully bastard just start calling David Rockefeller 3BR

  • Strankon 04/08/2009 5:51am

    The media has already started spewing leftwing propaganda, stating that China and Russia may have control of the U.S. power grid. this is just a feeble attempt to scare everyone into accepting what they would proclaim as being the only viable option, the passage of S.773 & S. 778

  • mfitzy111 04/08/2009 7:24am

    This is a bill that would give the government control of free speech on the internet. 1A denied. Jay Rockefeller said that the internet should have never been invented- we’ll we know he ment it should have never been given to the dumbed down masses, who are using it to educate themselves and learn what the Rockefeller kabal has been doing since they came to america- control. you know Jay you can’t control the idea of freedom- it’s too late. we know all about you and what your doing so give it up.
    russians and chinese hacking our networks, yeah right
    ever heard of non-networked and firewalled computers. I have. this bill is about controlling free speech pure and simple. The elites don’t like what they hear so they want to shut it down.

  • Mrs_B 04/10/2009 11:35am

    Sec. 14(a) Public Private Clearinghouse: “DESIGNATION- The Department of Commerce shall serve as the clearinghouse of cybersecurity threat and vulnerability information to Federal Government and private sector owned critical infrastructure information systems and networks.”

    (b)The Secretary of Commerce(1)shall have access to all relevant data concerning such networks without regard to any provision of law, regulation, rule, or policy restricting such access."

    CATCH THAT? The Dept. of Commerce is in charge of cybersecurity and is given access to ANY & ALL networks & nobody can say no to them!! What the heck nonsense is this, oh Senators???

  • Mrs_B 04/10/2009 11:39am

    “SEC. 18. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY.
    The President—

    (2) may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;

    (5) shall direct the periodic mapping of Federal Government and United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks, and shall develop metrics to measure the effectiveness of the mapping process;

    (6) may order the disconnection of any Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information systems or networks in the interest of national security"….

    i.e., the PRESIDENT CAN SHUT DOWN THE INTERNET.

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    BSCrowley 08/29/2009 12:29pm

    " Federal Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;" is NOT the whole internet.

    Do you really think that the President is going to invoke “National Security” as an excuse to shut down Pogo?? or Yahoo?? Or MyCokeRewards??

    Why don’t we all try actually thinking for a few minutes??

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    justamick 11/09/2009 5:19am
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    Spoken like a person who really doesnt know what they are talking about. The above statement is refering specifically to the compromise of US Govenrment Information systems. US Govt intranets and WANs can disconnect from the internet to protect against cyber attack.

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    justamick 11/09/2009 5:01am

    i.e. The President can order the shut down of US Government Information Systems and disconnection of them from internet servers. READ what you, yourself posted! It does not say that he can shut down the Internet!

    READ THIS: may declare a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of Internet traffic to and from any compromised *Federal** Government or United States critical infrastructure information system or network;

    WHERE in there does it say that he can shut down the internet?!?

  • thecat 04/12/2009 2:37am

    This is another way Obama’s group can control the information reveived by the American people. He’s already trying to control radio, television and the newspapers. He does’t want the people to know what’s really going on, and obviously neither to some of the Senators and Congressmen, that may be the only way they can preserve their positions. Everyone knows Knowledge is power, and they are trying to control the Knowledge. As far as internet security, if you want it secure, don’t put in on the internet. You have no privacy on the internet, telephones or cell phones.It’s for communications, not secret information…………..

  • thecat 04/12/2009 2:51am

    As far as the Rockefellers go, they have not had to go through the same life as the general public, like so many other of the Senators and Congressmen. Their arrogance to think that they really know what’s best for this Country is ridiculous. If you want to help something, donate your money to medical research, or the prevent the cruelty to animals, but don’t whine about how badly you think your family has been labeled over the years.

  • dindos_blessed62 04/13/2009 9:44pm
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    This is just one of the beginnings of “Dictatorship” with our new found “top people” and what the heck does “We the People” mean to them? Absolutely nothing, if they want control of what goes out, maybe they should keep their computers to themselves, because obviously things are going wacko over there. The way I see it, it’s control over us and all for money, money and money. The monetary system is a complete failure and we need to revolt towards “the venus project” by our modern day davinci, Jacque Fresco and follow the “zeigeist movement” now! Come on people the government has not evolved, but we have.. do your research follow them titles I just told you about. www.thevenusproject.com

  • daringone 04/17/2009 6:03am

    Ugh… am I the only person here that understands how boneheaded it is to even have as the bill puts it “critical infrastructure information systems” on the Internet anyhow? Rule #1 of IT security… if you don’t want it hacked, don’t connect it to the internet! At a previous employer, we had a separate internal network for critical systems to ensure security.

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    jml6m 06/06/2009 7:47am

    There are plenty of systems that NEED to be connected to the internet in order to be effective. For example, I once worked with a company who managed healthcare data which flowed all over the globe. It was of the utmost importance that it be connected to various servers around the world, and security was also a huge issue.

    Your “Rule #1 of IT security” doesn’t apply in many cases.

  • asota 04/18/2009 5:58pm

    This is very timely bill. There is some clarity required on some parts, however, process should clean out the kinks.

  • mrdoctor100 04/20/2009 7:59pm

    This is ridiculous. If this bill pass, Obama (directly himself) can implement Martial Law or National Emergency under any circumstances control over the internet.

    Bye bye websites like Alex Jones, PAINSCOURT, and this one especially,Open Congress.org. PAIN is right: “You deserve every freedom you lose.”

  • Aussie 04/24/2009 5:23am
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    is this the start of attaching the first amendment

  • MercilessPit 04/25/2009 8:59pm

    The internet, as the last bastion of unexpurgated information, is now in congress’s cross-hairs. We all know they want to have ultimate control over the information we receive so that they can censor information and keep the people in the dark about their dark agenda, that being ultimately unlimited control.

  • tmccullo 04/27/2009 4:16am

    This is an extremely dangerous bill. This gives our government to control the flow of information at will since it does not describe what and “emergency” really is. This is the first step to socialism by controlling the information people get. The current administration is concerned that despite their attempts to control the main stream media, opposition groups are easily able to communicate through the internet. The best example of this is the TEA Parties. shut the internet down and they hope to end any dissent.

  • LBPruitt 04/27/2009 5:00pm

    Please call the sponsors of this bill as well as your Senators. Numbers count to them. It seems like we are not doing anything, but in fact we are. If each of us would encourage at least 10-20 others to call and encourage them to do the same it will add up. Keep a data base of all your friends and family that are like minded. Create a data base of your own and get other people to act. We can’t give up. We have to fight this!

  • mastershake 04/29/2009 11:48am

    We have to stop these bills!

    We don’t have much time to act!

    Spread the word about these bills and prevent them from becoming law!

  • kevinmcc 05/07/2009 11:32am

    SEC. 18. CYBERSECURITY RESPONSIBILITIES AND AUTHORITY.

    Just read that section. This bill is so stupid.

    No wonder congress is not getting things done, they think the virtual world is real life too.

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    justamick 11/11/2009 2:56am

    That is because the cyber world IS a part of real life. Do you think that just because you’re sitting in your living room that there is not a Chinese hacker sitting in a Chinese Military compound in China trying to hack Department of Defense databases or maybe CIA databases? Are you really that naive?

    Cyber security and awareness is a vital. Network infrastructure is a vitally strategic area that needs to be protected. Are you really so foolish to think that the government doesn’t need to protect its information system infrastructure?

    I suppose you don’t use virus protection on your computer either right? Passwords on websites or on personal databases? Ever wondered what protects your personal information when you submit it over the internet? These are all things that this bill is trying to standardize of the Government and ensure that they are addressed amoung all US Government agencies.

  • jml6m 06/06/2009 7:45am

    After reading a large part of the bill, it’s obvious that most people in this thread have not. I’m not necessarily for the passing of this bill, but the extra funding going towards cybersecurity training/jobs is a big plus in my opinion. However, it’s obvious that the government aims to be too involved with the internet, and I’m with everyone else, I don’t want a regulated internet.

    But remember, the internet is a global phenomenon and is ever changing. In no way could the government keep up with it (or terrorists for that matter), and I wouldn’t be too worried about government control if the bill does get passed.

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    dcgirl 09/02/2009 6:26am

    Talk to the citizens of China whose government controls what they can and can’t see on the internet. This won’t be a problem for the true computer geeks but for the everyday folks that don’t know how to get around firewalls, etc. (or their ISP has simply been shut down) it will be a problem.

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  • jml6m 06/06/2009 7:49am

    Just to clarify, I currently voted “Nay” on this bill until they revise some of the obvious problems.

  • nmeagent 06/06/2009 1:41pm
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    Where in the Constitution does it give the Federal Government the power to mandate or fund anything related to cybersecurity? It doesn’t fall under the interstate commerce clause it doesn’t have anything to do with making interstate commerce ‘regular’ in the original sense of the word, so why bother having the discussion? What about national security? National security ends where private property begins.

    Get this garbage out of here. For that matter, let’s ditch about 90% of existing Federal programs while we’re at it.

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    justamick 11/10/2009 4:00am

    Well… being that nothing even close to the internet was even a glimmer in someone’s eye back then… Id say no no where. It would say that you could argue that the Constitution provides that power in inherient authority of the US to protect itself and it’s interests… The US Government information system domain being one of those interests.

    AGAIN, to thouse of you who didnt get this before… THIS BILL REGULATES FEDERAL INFORMATION SYSTEM SECURITY PROGRAMS AND IN NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM WILL INFRINGE ON FREEDOM OF SPEECH OR PRESS!


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