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Cooperation with companies a challenge, homeland officials say

Convincing the private sector to share company information with the government in order to protect the country’s cyberspace is proving challenging for the Homeland Security Department, officials said on Monday. Simon Szykman, the department’s director of cyber-security research and development, told industry executives that a “non-technical challenge” for cyber security is creating public-private relationships. “We’re looking to the private sector for collaboration and cooperation,” he said at the first day of the department’s two-day industry forum, adding that industry owners also need to make the necessary economic investments to secure their own infrastructures. Douglas Maughan, the cyber-security program manager for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), cited “a lack of real [company] data to test prototypes” for information and network security at research facilities. Full Story

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