Is state government finally doing something right?
November 21, 2002 10:46 AM   Subscribe

Is state government finally doing something right? Who knows? this seems legit enough. Apparently, if you register you can get cyber security alerts delivered to your mailbox. Can I register if I'm from say, Nebraska? Furthermore, how real is the threat to Florida's cyber infrastructure anyways?
posted by Captain Supermarket (11 comments total)
I already get cyber security alerts delivered to my mailbox.
posted by JoanArkham at 11:05 AM on November 21, 2002

I like the idea, which seems to be the "take a bite out of crime" of computers - making it something that affects everyone instead of leaving it in the nerdy and misunderstood realm of science (gasp).
posted by whatzit at 11:38 AM on November 21, 2002

So, we don't want government to tax internet commerce or restrict speech, etc., but we're OK with Big Brother "alerting" us about the bad guys?

And we're putting our trust in Florida, of all states?


But someone get them a dictionary down there. From its section on spam: "Use this account when doing anything on-line that might illicit spam e-mail."
posted by sixpack at 11:42 AM on November 21, 2002

whatzit, don't you mean, "take a byte out of crime"....
wait, that's pretty lame isn't it.
Still I'm not sure what really makes this site "Florida" specific ...
posted by Captain Supermarket at 11:45 AM on November 21, 2002

I'm thinking someone in Florida said "Hey, we can put up a cyber crime website!" and the state threw a bunch of money at them for using the word "cyber". It's so 21st century! Not a bad little resource though, I wonder how it's being promoted. Anyone in Florida seen any TV or print ads?
posted by JoanArkham at 11:54 AM on November 21, 2002

sixpack, yeah, I'm a bit leary of Florida's history, and I'd hope this wouldn't be people's only source of information. I was looking at this as "better than nothing" rather than a one-stop security encyclopedia. One thing that does bother the hell out of me is the FAQ - what is a cyber terrorist attack, and why would someone want to do it to me? No further explanation needed.

As far as being Florida specific, their sponsors are Florida state agencies, special interests, and a couple corporations. No surprises there.
posted by whatzit at 12:05 PM on November 21, 2002

ah... they're not asking for money are they?
posted by Captain Supermarket at 12:14 PM on November 21, 2002

Not to derail the thread, but I've been meaning to ask this for a while and haven't found a more appropriate chance (Is state government finally doing something right?)...

I'm really genuinely curious about this, but why is it that states that seem the most in need of federal support (i.e. Mississippi) are so in favor of States Rights and shrinking the federal gov't while the ones that seem to need fed help the least (i.e. Vermont) seem to swing the other way? Never figured that one out. Anyone got any ideas?
posted by Pollomacho at 1:04 PM on November 21, 2002

I think you just figured out why the South lost the war.

But really. "States Rights" as been a southern rallying cry for a long time, going back through the civil rights movement, the civil war, and well before that.
posted by groundhog at 4:25 PM on November 21, 2002

The site seems like a good first step to me. I mean, I have not seen anything even similar coming out of the other states. I may sign up...after all, it's free.

What's with that manatee, though??
posted by msaligned at 6:52 PM on November 21, 2002

huh, I never knew there were this many avenues to report Internet crime. That's cool

Whatzit, I don't understand your complaint about the FAQ page ... Are you saying that

What is cyber terrorism?


Who is at risk of a cyber terrorist attack?

are the only questions they need to address?
posted by Captain Supermarket at 10:48 AM on November 22, 2002

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