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Officials talk cyber initiative with industry

Officials talk cyber initiative with industry
Officials talk cyber initiative with industry

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By Ben Bain
September 15, 2008

Senior government officials today discussed details of the Bush 
administration=E2=80=99s largely classified, multibillion-dollar national 
cybersecurity initiative, emphasizing the private sector=E2=80=99s role in those 

Officials from the Homeland Security Department, the Office of the 
Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the White House and other 
agencies involved in the governmentwide effort to secure cyberspace told 
an industry group today about counterintelligence, supply chain security 
and research and development portions of the plan. Disclosures thus far 
about the National Cyber Security Initiative have largely been limited 
to information regarding the government=E2=80=99s effort to improve the security 
of the .gov network.

Paul Schneider, DHS=E2=80=99 deputy secretary, said the initiative has three 
focus areas: establishing the front lines of defense against 
cyberattacks and reducing current vulnerabilities, defending against a 
full spectrum of threats by using intelligence, and shaping the future 
through research and investment in new technologies.

=E2=80=9CIn research and development we will be spending a significant amount of 
resources in the private sector and that=E2=80=99s because that=E2=80=99s where the 
technology=E2=80=99s going to come from,=E2=80=9D he said at an Information Technology 
Association of America event.


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