By J. Nicholas Hoover
January 29, 2010 01:08 PM
A worldwide survey that shows widespread cyber attacks on critical
infrastructure companies finds that the role of government in working to
stop those attacks is up in the air. Indeed, a majority of respondents
believes governments to be among the culprits.
Overall, more than half of the 600 industry executives surveyed by the
Center for Strategic and International Studies, with support from
security vendor McAfee, think their nation's laws aren't strong enough
to deter cyber attacks, and 45% believe that their countries are
incapable of preventing attacks.
The survey comes as a heated debate has emerged about the proper role of
government in bolstering cybersecurity in the private sector. In his
first public speech as White House cyber coordinator earlier this week,
Howard Schmidt said that fostering public-private partnerships is among
his top agenda items.
The survey does find, by a thin margin, a belief that government
regulation is improving security. "I have sensed for a year or more that
industry, which used to think that the government didn't need to get
involved, doesn't have any confidence that they can solve this problem
on their own," Stewart Baker, distinguished visiting fellow at CSIS and
a partner at law firm Steptoe & Johnson, said in an interview.
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