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To protect those key businesses, CSIS' collection of cybersecurity insiders suggest big moves: Along with creating a new White House body that would take top-level control of the Cyber Initiative away from the Department of Homeland Security, the commission recommends that Obama create a Center for Cybersecurity Operations, where private- and public-sector network watchers could meet and share information about the threats they're facing.
Focusing on the private sector means not just cooperation but also regulation. Under the plan, a new White House-based National Office on Cybersecurity would create and enforce standards on the security of critical infrastructure networks. Any economic stimulus package aimed at rebuilding crumbling infrastructure--which Obama has proposed--would have to weave in those standards.
Regulations would affect computer system vendors, too. The commission demands that the government only buy IT products that have passed strict vulnerability tests, requiring what SANS' Paller calls "baked-in" security rather than systems that require security to be "bolted on" after they're bought.
A revamped Einstein could also extend that security monitoring to comb the systems of private-sector infrastructure companies. Some sources close to the Cyber Initiative say the project may allow companies to voluntarily give the new monitoring software access to their networks.
But for privacy advocates, the possibility of an NSA-involved program sifting through private networks has raised hackles.
"Because of Bush's warrantless surveillance, even a routine monitoring program was seen as a spy thing," says Lewis. "But I think there will be an improvement on that front. The new administration doesn't have the baggage that its predecessor had."
Originally posted by Ian McLean
reply to post by AgentOrangeJuice
Also interesting is what they're planning for Einstein 3.0 - an active defense.
Chertoff has said they want a system that "would literally, like an anti-aircraft weapon, shoot down an attack before it hits its target." Source
Researchers this week detailed a prototype system to identify and eradicate botnets in the wild.
The researchers said they consider the botnet’s use of command and control channels to be the weakest link of a botnet. “If we can take down an active command and control or simply interrupt the communication to the command and control, the botmaster will not be able to control his botnet. Moreover, the detection of the command and control channel will reveal the command and control servers and the bots in a monitored network. Therefore, understanding and detecting the command and controls has great value in the battle against botnets,” researchers said.