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senate Bill S. 1869

EINSTEIN Arrives: Should the DHS Cybersecurity System be Available to All Federal Agencies?

Argument in favor

There have been too many significant breaches of federal networks, which point to a lack of urgency towards cyber security in the affected agencies. Requiring the adoption of DHS security systems should help prevent future breaches.

operaman's Opinion
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08/10/2015
Hell yes! Great idea to have a common central Cyber-database. I'll personally pay for it myself right after I hack the Federal Reserve. Kinda sounds like that common radio frequencies supported post 2001 Twin Tower attack. Haven't heard how that's working out. Have you?
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Alis's Opinion
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08/24/2015
The federal government is pitifully underfunded in the area of technology--only the worst will do. It doesn't make sense to expect government to function adequately (or protect the data of the citizenry) without decent equipment. EVERY AGENCY NEEDS IT NOW!
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jrs333's Opinion
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08/12/2015
That is why the DHS was created, to be a warehouse of security information. So let's make it available.
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Argument opposed

Regardless of what network security system federal agencies use, there will always be breaches because there are highly motivated people that want to break into those networks. If EINSTEIN gets breached, it could affect every agency using the system.

Marvin's Opinion
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08/23/2015
I think having only one could make us more vulnerable. I think we should hire hackers to hack the hackers.
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Seeya's Opinion
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08/30/2015
Disband the DHS, they've done nothing but make every law abiding American a potential terrorist.
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TDJCatholicBlogger's Opinion
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08/21/2015
This a very complex issue, but I will say that, for the moment, to have a single system protecting all government agencies would mean that once it's taken down for one agency, all agencies would become vulnerable. Perhaps a "both it and more" approach would be more resilient.
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    Hell yes! Great idea to have a common central Cyber-database. I'll personally pay for it myself right after I hack the Federal Reserve. Kinda sounds like that common radio frequencies supported post 2001 Twin Tower attack. Haven't heard how that's working out. Have you?
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    I think having only one could make us more vulnerable. I think we should hire hackers to hack the hackers.
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    This a very complex issue, but I will say that, for the moment, to have a single system protecting all government agencies would mean that once it's taken down for one agency, all agencies would become vulnerable. Perhaps a "both it and more" approach would be more resilient.
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    Disband the DHS, they've done nothing but make every law abiding American a potential terrorist.
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    The federal government is pitifully underfunded in the area of technology--only the worst will do. It doesn't make sense to expect government to function adequately (or protect the data of the citizenry) without decent equipment. EVERY AGENCY NEEDS IT NOW!
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    While certainly appealing on many levels, this would essentially create a single point of failure for our government's network security, and single points of failure are never a good thing.
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    Never put all your eggs in one basket.
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    Common sense. Sadly, this just highlights how incompetent our government is. EVERY SINGLE AGENCY SHOULD HAVE INTRUSION DETECTION AND PREVENTION, IDENTITY MANAGEMENT, FIREWALLS, FRAUD DETECTION AND EVERY OTHER TECHNOLOGY AVAILABLE TO SECURE OUR GOVERNMENT NETWORKS FROM ATTACK. The fact that other agencies don't already have these in place is mind shatteringly outrageous. DHS is a MUCH newer organization than the rest of the Government. They should be implementing solutions already in place at the FBI, CIA, NSA, etc.; not the other way around. If this does not lead to the wide spread termination of every leader and Sr. Security Architect across every agency in the government, it would be a tragic mistake.
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    That is why the DHS was created, to be a warehouse of security information. So let's make it available.
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    The more different systems in use the less likely a major breach
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    DHS? Come on that dept should be eliminated, not spread!
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    Federal government is loosing the cyber war, time to defend themselves better.
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    If there is any unbreached database anywhere it would be good to attempt to firewall it ASAP .
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    This money would be better spent creating a agency that would try and breach government security. Every security system has weaknesses. The most important thing is for the government to know their weakness before the bad guys do and not have confidence in their system
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    Proper standards need to be negotiated and implemented.
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    It is costly, and does the Department of Agriculture have anything that justifies that level of security?
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    DHS is all but a domestic spy agency. Plus such information would not have the requirement of court orders or warrants if shared with law enforcement. I am vehemently opposed.
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    I don't believe all government agencies should be linked. This sounds like only one door leads to all the leaders in the country.
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    If it is the best then it should be available to every American citizen not just the government
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    Where have we been made safer?
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