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Panel chair will push for cybersecurity standards in private sector

A House subcommittee chairman on Thursday called the nation’s preparations to defend against an attack on its computer networks “simply not acceptable” and vowed to offer legislation by the end of the year mandating computer-security standards for the private sector. Florida Republican Adam Putnam, chairman of the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology offered that criticism at an e-government conference jointly sponsored by the Business Software Alliance and Center for Strategic and International Studies. Texas Republican Pete Sessions, vice chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cyber Security, and Zoe Lofgren, the ranking Democrat on that panel, echoed Putnam’s point. They also said key immigration databases are not networked, leaving the nation vulnerable to infiltration by terrorists. Full Story

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