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Co-Founder and Lead Software Engineer, Reliable Energy Analytics LLC

Dick Brooks is the inventor of patent 11,374,961: METHODS FOR VERIFICATION OF SOFTWARE OBJECT AUTHENTICITY AND INTEGRITY and the Software Assurance Guardian™ (SAG ™) Point Man™ (SAG-PM™) software...

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I highly recommend reading the press briefing that accompanied the release of this memorandum, it provides more of the "WHY" explanations for this action:

"we have a patchwork of sector-specific statutes today that really have been adapted piecemeal.  And we feel that the administration — the government’s responsibility is to feel confident that critical services that the American public rely on have the modernized defenses to ensure that they can continue to deliver the critical services they do.  And the current patchwork of sector-specific statutes does not enable us to say we have confidence that there is cybersecurity thresholds in place with regard to practices and with regard to technology, governance, and practices.  That is something that will likely require the Hill to partner with us to address.  "

I sure hope that our government leaders are informing their own personnel of the need to ambitiously support solutions to these cybersecurity problems. There is a strong "anti-vendor" bias coming from some government personnel that is working against the President's message and goals - to solve the cybersecurity problem.

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Rao Konidena on Aug 2, 2021


Why "voluntary"? Why not mandatory?

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Richard Brooks on Aug 2, 2021

Rao, I'm not 100% certain, but I suspect Congress would have to pass laws to make cybersecurity protections of critical infrastructure mandatory.  Maybe someone else in the EC community can offer more knowledgeable insights to your question.

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