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Coordinate, But Distribute Responsibility

  • Bruce Schneier
  • May 29, 2009

This essay appeared as part of a round table about Obama’s cybersecurity speech on The New York Times‘s Room for Debate blog.

I am optimistic about President Obama’s new cybersecurity policy and the appointment of a new “cybersecurity coordinator,” though much depends on the details. What we do know is that the threats are real, from identity theft to Chinese hacking to cyberwar.

His principles were all welcome—securing government networks, coordinating responses, working to secure the infrastructure in private hands (the power grid, the communications networks, and so on), although I think he’s …

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.