Cybersecurity is a major issue in all aspects of life today; individuals, companies, and even governments all have to worry about being attacked and having sensitive information stolen. As the 2012 US Presidential election approaches you should have as much information about the two candidates and party opinions as possible. In this infographic we detail the candidates’ opinions and actions, the recent bills that have been presented to the House and Senate, and how the candidates and their parties are tackling these important issues. After you have read this infographic, please take part in our poll and let us know if your opinion of national Cybersecurity has changed for the better or worse.
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Incalculable amounts of data are being stolen
Since May 2008 108 known incidents of U.S. State Department’s networks being hacked from outside the country
There are 2 Billion internet users and there are annually 500 million cyber attack victims
Cyber attacks on U.S. infrastructure were up 17x between 2009 and 2011
In 2010 the pentagon established a cyber command to fight in cyberspace and defend the country’s computer systems headed by General Keith Alexander
According to General Alexander America’s Cyber Attack Preparedness is at level 3 out of 10, 10 being the best.
The Candidates Positions
“Operate effectively in cyberspace and space” is cited as a primary mission of the U.S. armed forces.
Shortly after taking office, Obama ordered a 60-day review assessing U.S. policies and structures for cybersecurity
Issued 2 Strategies to address major issues in cyberspace
A national strategy for trusted identities
International strategy for engagement in cyberspace
Cybersecurity would be one of eight actions for the first 100 days of his term.
According to statements, he would: “order a full interagency initiative to formulate a unified national strategy to deter and defend…against the growing threats of militarized cyber-attacks, cyber-terrorism, cyber-espionage, and private-sector intellectual property theft.”
Where do they stand?
How the Parties Feel Before Moving into the Vote
The Cybersecurity Act
The Cybersecurity Act
Republican senators filibustered the act…
Establishes optional security standards for companies involved in providing critical infrastructure
Maintains privacy for citizens
Would place a financial strain on private companies
“no comment” - Mitt Romney did not respond to requests for comment on where he stands on the issue.
Who is for the cybersecurity act?
Who is against the cybersecurity act?
Big Business Lobbyists
US Chamber of Commerce
Current Status – 8/2/12 Failed in the senate with only 52 of the 60 needed votes
CISPA – Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Government gains the power to access citizens private online information
Obama indicated that he would VETO if it passed in the Senate as is
Intended to help prevent and respond to cyber attacks
Private companies can more easily share persona; data with the government
Gives companies the option to pass on data if they choose
Who is against CISPA?
Who is for CISPA?
Current status 4/7/2012 – passed in the house up for vote later in the senate
SOPA/Stop Online Piracy Act
- the bill’s name while in the house
PIPA/Protect Intellectual Property Act
– the bill was remained while in the senate
Helps American copyright holders protect their content
Shuts down foreign websites that pirate copyright protected material
Increases cost to companies
Stifled innovation by requiring constant link checking
Who would it affect most? Foreign Piracy Sites
Which senators are for SOPA/PIPA?
Which senators are against SOPA/PIPA?
Over 75,000 websites censored their own content in protest of the bills
Major sites involved:
In response to the 1/18/2012 SOPA/PIPA blackout the vote was postponed indefinitely