01 Oct What does Rockefeller know about cyber security and small business?
I landed back from England last night after spending over eight days writing my book, The Devil Inside the Beltway. As I played catch-up waiting for my ride home, I saw Paul Rosenzweig’s article:
“An offer businesses should refuse.”
Whoa, welcome home. I can’t turn my back on those government lovers for a minute! Basically, Senator Rockefeller is ticked off that his cyber security bill has failed and wants to put the Fortune 500 on the spot. This is a new spin on an old trick, and Paul Rosenzweig is dead on the money. Don’t take the bait people.
Why is it that a Rockefeller thinks that:
- Small business is not as important as Fortune 500 companies?
- The government is ready to regulate cyber security when they don’t have a handle on what it is they are trying to regulate?
- The government will be able to waive their regulatory magic wand and this problem will be under control?
- The only two cents worth hearing is that of Fortune 500 companies?
Boy oh boy, Senator Rockefeller, your having “never really got your hands dirty” may be why you are a tad confused. You may be a Democrat, one of the few in your family (are they over that yet?), but that spoon is still looking pretty silver to me.
As a small business owner, I would like to be invited to one of your hearings on this topic. Let me just sum it up. It isn’t that we don’t want to be secure. It is that we don’t think politicians should run the internet. With all due respect, sir, being elected to office does not magically grant you a PhD in computer science.
Do you have a knee jerk bias that the business community has some bad ulterior motive? There is nothing to hide here. Please, allow me to just cut to the chase:
If you pass a law managed by the politically powerful but factually clueless (see prior notes on Obamacare), then you are going to drain my business dry of dollars that would otherwise increase profits and create new jobs. Given your inheritance, I assume you don’t have a thing against profits. Obama merely says he wants to “spread it around”. Spread around the fantasy bubble floating in your heads due to your limited real world experience? What you are spreading around isn’t safety, security, wealth or opportunity.
What you are spreading around is manure. That stinks.
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Michael Daugherty is President & CEO of LabMD, an Atlanta-based clinical and anatomic medical laboratory with a national client base. Mike founded LabMD in 1996 after 14 years in surgical device sales with U.S. Surgical Corp. and Mentor Corporation.
Outside of LabMD, enjoys playing tennis, travel, and flying his Cirrus SR22 Turbo single engine aircraft.
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