Using the Security Sledgehammer

Last Tuesday, the General Services Administration, which manages '.gov" websites, shut down California's state government use of the Internet for three hours because a small California state website had been hacked (again) by a porn provider.

Needless to say, this was a bit of bothersome overkill. If this happened every time a ".gov" website was routinely hacked, well, ...

The GSA later apologized "to the citizens of California" but protecting everyone from the scourge of pornography was a highly important matter at GSA.

Contrast GSA's action to DHS's inaction the following day when the email spam problem occurred. Maybe the GSA and DHS can do a joint lessons learned and figure a good strategy to manage e-gov in times of trouble.

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