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Critic Slams Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — The White House cybersecurity plan does little to improve conditions and misguidedly focuses on punishing attack victims, a critic says.

Internet Security Alliance President and Chief Executive Officer Larry Clinton said the plan, announced in May, is antiquated and not adequately adaptive for today’s cybersecurity environment, The Hill reported Tuesday.

“They are fighting the last war,” Clinton says in an upcoming episode of C-SPAN’s “The Communicators.”

“The model they are using for dealing with the private sector is largely antiquated.”

The White House plan calls for the Department of Homeland Security to develop cybersecurity standards in partnership private companies deemed “critical infrastructure.” Those companies would then face public security audits if they failed to comply with the standards, The Hill said.

“This is a punitive model where we’re trying to blame the victims of the attack,” Clinton said, calling the approach “name and shame.”

“I don’t think that the administration’s proposal really does anything that I can see to enhance cybersecurity.”

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