Episode 32: Yet Another Federal Agency to save us from evil

*Show notes may vary from published podcast

Welcome from the racing capital of the world Speedway, IN, my name is Nick Sturgeon host and show creator. I am glad to be back at it this week bringing you all episode #32. I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Hopefully you guys didn’t stuff yourselves too much and that there wasn’t any drama. It was busy week for us. We took the kids to Disney World. This was the first Thanksgiving in eight or nine years that we have spent Thanksgiving away from home and that I haven’t made my family famous turkey. Again, I am excited to be back at this week. I have some exciting things that I am working on as it relates to the show. This week I am going to be discussing the creation of a new Federal Agency the Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency. I discussed this possibility in a previous episode. My feelings on it have not really changed. But we will get in to the details of what this new agency has been authorized to do and discuss if this really will be as effective as the folks in DHS say it will be. I do want to take a quick second to thank the show’s exclusive cybersecurity sponsor Rofori Corporation for their support. It is because they believe in this show and those of you who listen that I am going to be taking this show to new heights next year. I also want to thank Terri Stacy of WIBC for having me on her show last Sunday. She brought me on to talk about Cyber Monday safety tips. Based on our conversation off air it looks like there will be more opportunities for me to come on her show!

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Story 1 New Federal Cyber Agency

I know that this is news from a couple of weeks ago but it happened while I was on vacation. This story is important enough I do want to weigh in on it. Lets go back a bit to get some context. This agency is something that some cybersecurity folks in DC have been pushing for since Obama was in office. For various reasons it was not taken up by those congresses.

Here is the time line from this year:

October 3 the Senate passes the bill

November 13: The House passes the bill and sends it to Trump to sign.

November 16: Trump signs the bill into law.

Here is what the law says:

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/3359/text

So what did this law do:

This legislation elevates the mission of the former National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) within DHS and establishes the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). The law also forms the agency into three branches: Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Security and Emergency Communications.

What is CISA’s mission:

“CISA leads the national effort to defend critical infrastructure against the threats of today, while working with partners across all levels of government and in the private sector to secure against the evolving risks of tomorrow.” But does it really? As we have discussed DHS has been failing at their job. The Federal systems are not secure. Another issue I have is to leverage against their lack of staff DHS uses a ton of contractors to do make up for the lack of numbers.

I have a couple of articles I want to read from the various stages of this bill moving through congress over the past couple of months.

[Senate passes the bill] https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/409804-senate-passes-key-cyber-bill-cementing-cybersecurity-agency-at-dhs

[House passes the bill]

https://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/416567-key-cyber-bill-cementing-cybersecurity-agency-at-dhs-heads-to-trumps

[Trump signs the bills]

https://www.zdnet.com/article/trump-signs-bill-that-creates-the-cybersecurity-and-infrastructure-security-agency/

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Story 2: Why I am worried about the Federal Government being in charge of anything!

This last story really exemplifies why I am worried about the Fed running anything. This article comes from reason.com. The article titled “D.C. Agency Is Sorry Its Staff Didn’t Know New Mexico Is a State” https://reason.com/blog/2018/11/30/dc-agency-is-sorry-its-staff-didnt-know

That’s it for this week’s show you guys. Thank you all for tuning in, I hope you enjoyed it. Again, if you want to join in on the conversation go to the show’s web page at http://www.cyberdotnow.com, Facebook and Twitter. If you want to get a hold of me directly you can find me on Twitter @The_Polititech or email me at cyberdotnow@outlook.com. Finally, please remember to go to iTunes and/or SoundCloud to subscribe, rate, review and don’t forget to share the show. If you guys do all of that I will be back again next week to do this again. Until then have a great week, talk to you soon.

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