What’s fed role in private IT security?
The government has a part to play to ensure security of the nation’s IT infrastructure, but experts in a roundtable discussion today could not agree what it should be doing. “Best practices are good, but teeth are better,” said Peggy Weigle, chief executive officer of Sanctum Inc. of Santa Clara, Calif., which sponsored the roundtable. Weigle, who favors regulation, said “I do think government should define the guidelines” for IT security. Former White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke was less enthusiastic about regulation, calling it potentially dangerous. Clarke now chairs Good Harbor Consulting LLC of Arlington, Va. Although leery of regulation, Clarke acknowledged a lack of success in getting industry to adopt best practices on its own. He fostered information sharing and analysis centers in several industry sectors to facilitate cooperation. Full Story