Wednesday, May 18, 2011

White House Makes it clear the U.S. Will Use its Military might to Strike back if it comes under a Cyberattack that Threatens National Security

The United States launched an ambitious new plan yesterday to stamp the internet with American values such as freedom of expression.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled the new national strategy on cyberspace that seeks to enshrine open international standards for the Internet while protecting network security and strengthening law enforcement.

And in the strongest terms to date, the White House made it clear the U.S. will use its military might to strike back if it comes under a cyberattack that threatens national security.

The broad policy comes on the heels of populist rebellions in the Middle East fuelled by the internet.

It stresses internet freedom, and calls on other nations to give citizens the ability to shop, communicate and express themselves freely online.

The White House plan emerges as international leaders are struggling to improve cooperation on global cybercrime and set guidelines for Internet oversight.

Cybersecurity experts have argued that the Internet cannot become a safer place until nations implement international agreements that better define and regulate cybercrime. Read More