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Homeland Security Office Asks for Tech Help

The secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is looking for a few good technology ideas. Tom Ridge, sworn in as the secretary of the new U.S. federal agency in January, highlighted his department’s need for technological innovations during a speech before nearly 1,000 members of the Northern Virginia Technology Council in McLean, Virginia, Tuesday. Ridge also called for the technology businesspeople in attendance to do more to protect the U.S. technology infrastructure, noting that private companies control 85 percent of the nation’s cyber resources. “When it comes to security, you must be more than partners, you must be leaders,” Ridge said. “We think that the lessons learned from Y2K and 9/11 should be applied and not forgotten. This will not be a cost-free arrangement, but the cost of doing little or nothing will be much higher.” Full Story

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