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Government should take the point on cybersecurity, experts say

Security experts today challenged Congress to do more to improve the quality of the nation’s software and hardware. “I need your help,” author Bruce Schneier told a House Homeland Security subcommittee. “This is a political problem, not a technology problem. I would like to see government use its purchasing power to improve security.” Schneier, CTO of Counterpane Internet Security Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., and author of many books on cybersecurity, appeared before the Cybersecurity, Science and Research and Development Subcommittee. Also testifying were Richard Pethia, director of the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University and Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute of Bethesda, Md. The subcommittee was looking for advice on how to meet the challenge of computer and network security. The panelists were in what Schneier called “violent agreement” about the threats facing our information infrastructures. Full Story

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