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Cyber security alliance sets sights on Washington


Cyber security alliance sets sights on Washington

By John Leyden

Posted: 25/02/2004 at 18:06 GMT

A group of 12 security software vendors today launched the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) at the RSA Conference.

This new advocacy group wants to "monitor and influence legislation and government regulation at both the state and federal levels"; create education programmes; launch a public awareness program to influence opinion makers; and to work in partnership with other organisations to identify and support emerging technology standards.

CSIA intends to accomplish these goals through committees of member representatives. It has appointed Paul Kurtz, former senior director for Critical Infrastructure Protection on the White House's Homeland Security Council, as executive director.

There's no shortage of advocacy groups in computer security, but CSIA says it's the only one comprised solely of security vendors. There are plenty of big name vendors in the list, which will add to the organisation's clout.