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Commerce Department Seeks Advice On Cybersecurity




Commerce Department Seeks Advice On Cybersecurity
Commerce Department Seeks Advice On Cybersecurity



http://www.informationweek.com/news/government/security/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=226500291 

By Elizabeth Montalbano
InformationWeek
August 4, 2010

The Department of Commerce is looking for advice from businesses, 
academics and even the general public about how to maintain 
cybersecurity while fostering innovation in the commercial Internet 
space.

In a Notice of inquiry (PDF), the department asks for comment about, 
among other things, the economic impact of cybersecurity preparedness; 
authentication and identity-management technologies; how to raise 
awareness about threats; how to engage globally on cybersecurity; and 
where to invest in research and development.

The department said it's seeking comment outside of the usual government 
channels because cybersecurity affects a much broader scope than that. 
The trillion-dollar Internet commerce market in particular is vulnerable 
to threats, according to the notice.

"Companies continue to face significant challenges in their ability to 
appropriately protect their computer systems, secure their proprietary, 
personal and financial information, and safeguard the integrity of 
business and other transactions that they conduct over the Internet," 
the department said in the notice. "Reports of significant, persistent, 
individual cyber intrusions occur on a regular basis, as do reports of 
widespread, untargeted cyber incidents."

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