"Only a conservative Republican FCC could possibly have made this ruling," says Starr, whose CIPB
joined other grassroots activists in opposing previous threats to WQEX, even seeking to strip WQED of its license.
The CIPB team is evidently convinced that the threat to the nation's critical information infrastructure is immediate and real.
The CIPB report contains a veiled threat that the government may move to regulate if the voluntary participation it is seeking from the private sector does not materialize and the health, safety or well-being of the American people is at risk.
Once relevant security protections are in place, the CIPB recommends that organizations explore options for covering cyber-terror risk and the risk of systems and data vandalism through e-business insurance programs.
The CIPB solicited comments and recommendations in a number of ways designed to get maximum input from those involved with protecting cyberspace.
"I think the town hail meeting was a great idea, not just because of the people who got up to say something, but because of all the discussions that happened throughout the day" between CIPB members and attendees, says Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute, an information security research and educational organization.
SANS used its Web site to post the questions chosen by the CIPB to guide respondents in addressing key issues of the plan.
The OHS, the CIPB
, and the NSC have distinct responsibilities in the area of counterterrorism, but the functions and memberships of these organizations partly overlap and lines of authority are intertwined.
A draft of such a proposal can be found on the CIPB
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