[ga] FYI: US Cybersecurity Plan, DNS and protocols
White House preps cybersecurity plan
By Declan McCullagh
Staff Writer, CNET News.com
September 16, 2002, 6:58 PM PT
WASHINGTON--The White House's cyberspace security plan, scheduled
to be released Wednesday, envisions a broad new role for the
federal government in maintaining Internet security.
Another point of criticism is the Domain Name System (DNS), which
translates domain names such as cnet.com into numeric addresses
such as 22.214.171.124. "The accuracy of the data in the DNS databases
needs to be improved and stronger mechanisms are needed to ensure
the authentication of the DNS database along with changes to the
database," the report concludes.
The draft suggests that it's time for the federal government to
become more involved in the development of Internet protocols,
security and standards- -a role currently assumed by the Internet
Engineering Task Force.
Government, it says, must "conduct research and development for
the collective good. This is a role that the government played
during the founding of the Internet...The federal government,
without regulating or controlling the Internet, should
systematically ensure that necessary research and similar
activities are conducted to insure the security and reliability
of the Internet."
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