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Eurocyber agency to gang up with US Homeland Security

THE EUROPEAN UNION will introduce its Euro Network and Information Security Agency in 2004 and today it is being furiously lobbied by software trade association, the Business Software Alliance. Its chief executive, Robert Holleyman has contributed to a European Parliament public forum in Brussels this morning, hosted by Dutch Europarliament member Wim van Velzen. He believes that members of the BSA must be pulled into any such Cyber initiatives. And other luminaries at the forum included George W. Bush special adviser Paul Kurtz, Euro Commissioner Erkki Liikanen, Italian Eurominister Rocco Buttiglione, and others. The BSA pushed the aims of one of its bigger members, Symantec, which claims that average firms had 30 cyber attacks in the last six months of 2002. The risk to the economy is great because Interweb shops will turnover ¬829 billion in 2004. Holleyman claimed that the Code Red Virus cost the world economy ¬2.5 billion, although he didn’t say how he calculated this figure. He hoped that the Homeland Security Dept National Cyber Division would cooperate closely with the Euro Cyber Agency when it is formed. Full Story

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