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Gen. Clark wants more proactive government role in cybersecurity

Retired supreme allied commander Gen. Wesley K. Clark said today that the insurance industry and tougher government enforcement of security standards are keys to improved cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Clark, who hasn’t made a final decision about a potential presidential bid in 2004, told hundreds of government and private-sector representatives here that a better balance between market incentives and government regulation is urgently needed, particularly in the areas of cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. “We’ve got to have standards in this country” that must be communicated to the private sector and enforced if the homeland security effort is to succeed, Clark said. Clark’s comments, made during the second annual Government Symposium on Information Sharing and Homeland Security, come one week after Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates and other industry officials publicly threw their support behind greater use of government testing, evaluation and certification of commercial software. In an interview after his keynote speech, Clark acknowledged what critics have long said about the Bush administration’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace: that it lacks teeth and requires little or no action by the private sector, which owns and operates more than 85% of the nation’s critical infrastructure. Full Story

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