By Elizabeth Montalbano
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
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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