The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports.There are two names for people who, against all evidence, scream that the sky is falling. One is Chicken Little. The second is editorialists.  Nevertheless, one must cast a wary eye on the issue of cybersecurity and the response of governments to the threat. The Canadian government has released a discussion document unencumbered by detail. We can only speculate what sort of damage could emerge should this Cabinet fully implement its proposals. The costs incurred by ISPs, both large and small, to set up the electronic markers needed could be crippling. Luckily, the government is willing to listen to all stakeholders in this exercise and will probably reach the grand old Canadian compromise. More troublesome is the effort put forward by the Bush administration. The most recent version of its security plan omits key recommendations from earlier drafts that would have demanded industry be more accountable for Internet security. Some observers note that the latest edition shifts too much of the onus on consumers, people who are not fully aware of the Internet. The high-tech industry has abdicated its responsibility, they say. "They’re whining and that resonates with an administration that is business-oriented," Alan Paller of the SANS Institute says. "As long as this can be done in smoke-filled rooms, then industrial pressure can continue to affect national policy." He could have easily added international policy, as well. A little noted section of the American draft urges the establishment of continental and global efforts to ensure cyber safety. It advocates working with Canada and Mexico to coordinate solutions to protect "those systems critical to Americans’ way of life." That should raise warning flares to policy makers in both American neighbours. The Bush administration has been a great proponent of imposing its views rather than negotiating. Given how the United States has responded to Canada’s softwood lumber concerns, how can we expect it to listen to dissenting views on the fight against cyberterrorism?