SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) –The White House has released its proposal to beef up the nation’s cyber security. The plan would require industry to better protect systems that run critical infrastructure such as power plants and the electric grid.

KCBS’ Larry Magid Comments:

KCBS Technology Analyst Larry Magid said that California and 46 other states already have laws on cyber security.

”What this law would do is create a consistent national plan, so that if for example a (security breach at a ) company in Georgia had an impact on people in California there would be a consistent plan to deal with it,” said Magid.

The plan also aims to protect critical security systems such as bank systems, or incidents where public safety could be affected.

”Some would argue this gives the government too much power, but certainly the Department of Homeland Security would have a lot more influence to so-called voluntary information sharing with companies,” said Magid. “Some people are concerned that it might be reaching too far.”

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