On The New Cybersecurity Bill

May 22nd, 2009

On April 1, 2009, while the rest of the cybersecurity world was largely focused on the Conficker worm, Senators John (Jay) Rockefeller and Olympia Snowe introduced the Cybersecurity Act of 2009. Since the hype over Conficker has died down now, I’ve had a chance to review the text of this somewhat controversial bill and add my two cents to the discussion. There are 23 sections to the bill, a few of which have raised some alarm in the infosec community.
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Wrecked!

May 21st, 2009

Last Wednesday, just after leaving work, a minivan travelling in the opposite direction turned left in front of me. The short stopping distance required, compounded with being on a curve at the time equalled me skidding sideways, tipping over and landing on the pavement. No broken bones, just some road rash, a sprained foot and ankle, and a nasty-looking bruise on my inner thigh that looks strangely like the Kawasaki logo in reverse.

Although I don’t believe in mandatory helmet laws, I wear mine pretty much all the time - also my motorcycle boots and gloves. Together, these left me a lot better off than I would have been without them.