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Re: Who wants to be in charge of the Internet today?

  • From: Patrick W. Gilmore
  • Date: Fri Jun 23 00:54:16 2006

On Jun 23, 2006, at 12:45 AM, Sean Donelan wrote:

The U.S. is poorly prepared for a major disruption of the Internet,
according to a study that an influential group of chief executives will
publish today.

The Business Roundtable, composed of the CEOs of 160 large U.S. companies,
said neither the government nor the private sector has a coordinated plan
to respond to an attack, natural disaster or other disruption of the
Internet. While individual government agencies and companies have their
own emergency plans in place, little coordination exists between the
groups, according to the study.

"It's a matter of more clearly defining who has responsibility," said
Edward Rust Jr., CEO of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., who
leads the Roundtable's Internet-security effort.
Isn't the point of the Internet that no one is in charge?

I shudder to think what would happen under large scale attack if one of the CEOs in that room had "responsibility" for the correct functioning of the "Internet".

This definitely falls into the "Just Doesn't Get It" category.