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Tech Firms, Government Get Friendly Over Sendmail

The U.S. government and the technology industry have passed an important test of whether they can work together to protect the nation’s online infrastructure from hackers and other enemies, computer security experts said. The test in this case involved a private information security services and software firm that collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security over a period of weeks to alert government agencies and the private sector to a serious flaw in a widely used e-mail software product. The joint effort, revealed for the first time this week, may indicate a thaw in what has been a traditionally icy relationship between government and business in the area of cybersecurity. It also provides a textbook illustration of the public-private partnership called for in the White House’s recently released National Plan to Secure Cyberspace, said one government official. Full Story

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