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Security net becomes tougher sell

The value of the ISACs as an early warning system increases as more industry and government players get involved. The idea to create the ISACs stemmed from the Presidential Decision Directive 63 of May 1998, which set up a framework for critical infrastructure protection. The federal government has encouraged the creation of ISACs, but participation has always been voluntary. The ISACs report physical as well as cybersecurity threats to the National Infrastructure Protection Center, which is currently housed at the FBI but is moving to the new Homeland Security Department. Twelve ISACs have been formed so far, with varying levels of support for each. Several more are in the works. Given the soft economy and uncertainty about federal ISAC funding levels, officials at the centers are under more pressure than ever to build a solid business case for ISAC participation. A related problem is that top officials at corporations, public utilities — and even state governments — want more evidence of the returns they can expect from the costs to join forces with one or more ISACs. Full Story

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