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Senator: Information sharing is key to thwarting cyber attacks

At the RSA Conference this week, Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) was awarded the RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy. Bennett, Chief Deputy Majority Whip and a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, has been active in forming economic policy and high-tech issues. He was chairman of the special committee responsible for the relatively glitch-free Year 2000 computer switch and for the Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Working Group, the Senate’s central clearinghouse for cyber safety and CIP issues. Senator Bennett sponsored the Critical Infrastructure Information Security Act of 2001. I caught up with him at the RSA Conference to discuss his views on cyber security and the outlook for legislative action this year on cyber issues. Bennett is calling for a complete system of information sharing that can anticipate, detect and counter cyber attacks. The Cyber Security Information Sharing Project (CSISP), for example, is testing out the Information and Analysis Center concept, and the Department of Homeland Security is working with CERT to coordinate responses to cyber attacks. Full Story

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