US gov't urges businesses to improve cybersecurity

FRAMINGHAM (12/08/2003) - Top officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last week warned members of the high-tech industry that unless they took concrete steps toward cybersecurity, their industry could face government regulation. "It should go without saying that the continued success of protecting our cyberspace depends on the continued investment of each of you and the businesses you represent," said Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, addressing the National Cyber Security Summit. The Department's Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection Bob Liscouski was more direct on the need for industry self-regulation: "You've got to help us tell that story, because if we can't tell that story, there are a lot of people willing to legislate how you should be doing that work."

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