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Congressman: Businesses Must Help Protect Net

A top Republican congressman with jurisdiction over cybersecurity says it may be time to require private industry to protect its slice of cyberspace from attack. While both President Bush and the Clinton administration before him have urged voluntary private-sector cooperation on this issue, Rep. William “Mac” Thornberry (R-Texas), chair of the House Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, Research and Development, says he’s investigating whether urging chief information officers to improve security is enough. “You don’t want to be too quick on the draw with new mandates,” says Thornberry. “But you can’t be too hesitant to pull the trigger when there are concerns.” The congressman offered no further detail about his criteria for imposing regulations or what they would be. Full Story

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