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Elimination of cybersecurity board concerns tech industry

An executive order that President Bush issued on Friday shifted a portion of the White House’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Board to the Homeland Security Department, leaving high-tech groups unsure who in the administration will specifically oversee cybersecurity. The board, which drafted the national cybersecurity strategy, and the position of White House special adviser on cybersecurity were officially dissolved, spurring high-tech representatives to furiously lobby the administration to ensure that one individual will be specially tasked to work on cybersecurity. “We got assurances that cybersecurity remains a priority … but it isn’t clear as of today who will be in charge,” said Harris Miller, president of the Information Technology Association of America, who noted that the “Slammer” computer worm recently caused $1 billion in damage to the economy and that hackers last month used the Internet to steal credit-card information on 8 million individuals. “More so than ever before, we need a strong advocate for cybersecurity in Washington, D.C.” Full Story

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