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Resolved: The U.S. Federal Government should create a Cyber Security Administration

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/7/2011 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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DebaterDave

Pro

Round 1 is acceptance only

The debate shall run as follows:

R1- Acceptance
R2- Constructives
R3-Rebuttals
R4-Voting Issues/Final Focus

Good luck to whom ever might accept!
airmax1227

Con

Accepted. Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
DebaterDave

Pro

DebaterDave forfeited this round.
airmax1227

Con

Although my opponent has failed to construct his opening round, I shall continue this debate anyway. I assume that had my opponent posted his thoughts for this round he would have explained to the readers and to myself that cyber security is of utmost importance. It is not just important to our safety and productivity in an increasingly online world, but is paramount to our abilities to conduct business and maintain a functioning society.

At the risk of making my opponents arguments for him, I will continue to explain this. The electrical grid, water systems, airport flight control, and other general systems that we use daily, all have components that are tied to cyber space and require functional and substantial cyber security measures.

Should any of our basic functions be sabotaged, like water or electricity, the consequences of this would naturally be drastic. My opponents unstated view of this is absolutely correct, and cyber security is integral to any well-developed nations continued success, functionality, and simple day-to-day activities.

With all that said, I must reiterate what exactly we are debating here. My opponent contends that the U.S. federal government should create a "Cyber Security Administration", and while he is correct that cyber security is very important, he is wrong that a "Cyber Security Administration" needs to exist.

The reason for this is as following:

It already exists.

The Department of homeland security has a division specifically for this, called the Department of Homeland Security National Cyber Security Division.

While this is not an entirely new ‘administration', it functions in much the same way as an entirely new government administrative department would, and perhaps at a discounted price.

Lets break it down,
The Cyber-sec division includes all of the following:

National Cyberspace Response System:
Cyber security Preparedness and the national Cyber Alert Team System

US-Cert operations
National Cyber Response Coordination Group
Cyber Cop Patrol

Federal Network Security

Cyber Risk Management Programs
Cyber Exercises: Cyber Storm
Software Assurance Program

And for anyone who isn't aware, October is national Cyber security Awareness month…[1]

This Cyber Security division of the Department of Homeland Security is well funded with ever-increasing funds being distributed to it. 313M for the 09 budget, with 459M asked by the current administration for the 2012 budget.[2][3]
Along with the government's cyber security operations are numerous private security firms that will meet any business or individual's cyber security needs, making any new "Cyber Security Administration", completely unnecessary.

I would like to thank my opponent for this debate and I look forward to his response.

[1] http://www.dhs.gov...
[2] http://www.informationweek.com...
[3] http://www.nextgov.com...
[4] http://www.america.gov...
[5] http://www.defense.gov...
Debate Round No. 2
DebaterDave

Pro

DebaterDave forfeited this round.
airmax1227

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Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
DebaterDave

Pro

DebaterDave forfeited this round.
airmax1227

Con

Extend argument...

Vote con...

And have a nice day.
Debate Round No. 4
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