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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dear Senator Whitehouse: Consider this!

Today's Computerworld story headline reads, "U.S. needs cyber-emergency response, lawmaker says." Regretfully, Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse seems to have what I call the "Andy Hardy mentality" about solutions. Those of you who are really old might remember the old Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland Andy Hardy movies. They all had the same plot. Whatever the problem, the solution was, "Let's put on a show." In the case of Senator Whitehouse, his solution appears to be, "Let's hire a bunch of smart people, paid for with tax dollars."

Respectfully Senator Whitehouse, how about turning loose a bunch of capitalist cyber privateers who will split their loot fifty-fifty with the U.S. treasury? How about setting up a bonding authority who will enforce the Cyber Privateer Code? How about explicitly stating a nanosecond-response doctrine that will truly strike fear into cyber criminals and rogue governments alike? I call that framework The Morgan Doctrine.

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Implementation suggestions for THE MORGAN DOCTRINE are most welcome. What are the "Got'chas!"? What questions would some future Cyber Privateering Czar have to answer about this in a Senate confirmation hearing?