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Monday, December 04, 2006

Cyber Security Group Sets 2007 Agenda

The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) announced its 2007 priorities to drive and shape public policy related to cyber security. In addition, Liz Gasster, CSIA's general counsel, has been selected acting executive director of CSIA, effective Jan. 1, 2007.

Gasster replaces Paul Kurtz, who leaves CSIAafter three years of establishing and managing the organization. Since CSIA was founded three years ago, the organization has doubled its membership, established offices on both sides of the Atlantic, and become a voice for cyber security policy in the U.S. and Europe.

Gasster will take the lead implementing CSIA's 2007 priorities, which build on the organization's past work and include the following:

- Achieving federal legislation to ensure the privacy and security of personal information,
- Strengthening the Federal Information Security Management Act,
- Shaping the cyber security agenda at the US Department of Homeland Security, and
- Expanding CSIA's influence in Europe.

"CSIA has made tremendous progress in the past three years advancing apublic policy agenda that ensures the security and privacy of information,but we still have much to accomplish," says CSIA Chairman John Thompson, chairman and CEO, Symantec Corp. "During the past months, Liz has worked side-by-side with Paul to achieve the organization's goals, and under her leadership, CSIA will continue our efforts to implement appropriate public policy, effective security technology, high industry standards and support from governments worldwide."

Before joining CSIA, Gasster spent 26 years at AT&T, most recently as public policy director and senior attorney in the Federal Government Affairs unit.

During her tenure at AT&T, she was responsible for developing and coordinating policy positions on a broad range of e-commerce, technologyand intellectual property issues, including privacy, network security andcritical infrastructure protection, and trademark and copyright policy.

Gasster was responsible for advocacy on these issues with the U.S. Congress, federal departments and agencies, and with various industry associations and coalitions.

Led by CEOs from top security providers, CSIA believes a comprehensive approach to information system security is vitalto the stability of the global economy. Visit its web site at

Members of the CSIA include Application Security, Inc.; CA, Inc. (NYSE:CA); Citadel Security Software Inc. (CDSS: OTC); Citrix Systems, Inc.(Nasdaq: CTXS); Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTCBB Pink Sheets: CRDS.PK);Entrust, Inc. (Nasdaq: ENTU); F-Secure Corporation (HEX: FSC1V); Fortinet,Inc.; Internet Security Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: ISSX); iPass Inc. (Nasdaq:IPAS); McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE); Mirage Networks; MXI Security; PGPCorporation; Qualys, Inc.; RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC);Secure Computing Corporation (Nasdaq: SCUR); Surety, Inc.; SurfControl Plc(LSE: SRF); Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC); TechGuard Security, LLC; and Vontu, Inc.


Blogger RoseCovered Glasses said...

I would like to supplement this article with some information:

I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting at my blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armements”

The Pentagon is a giant,incredibly complex establishment,budgeted in excess of $500B per year. The Rumsfelds, the Adminisitrations and the Congressmen come and go but the real machinery of policy and procurement keeps grinding away, presenting the politicos who arrive with detail and alternatives slanted to perpetuate itself.

How can any newcomer, be he a President, a Congressman or even the Sec. Def. to be - Mr. Gates- understand such complexity, particulary if heretofore he has not had the clearance to get the full details?

Answer- he can’t. Therefor he accepts the alternatives provided by the career establishment that never goes away and he hopes he makes the right choices. Or he is influenced by a lobbyist or two representing companies in his district or special interest groups.

From a practical standpoint, policy and war decisions are made far below the levels of the talking heads who take the heat or the credit for the results.

This situation is unfortunate but it is ablsolute fact. Take it from one who has been to war and worked in the establishment.

This giant policy making and war machine will eventually come apart and have to be put back together to operate smaller, leaner and on less fuel. But that won’t happen unitil it hits a brick wall at high speed.

We will then have to run a Volkswagon instead of a Caddy and get along somehow. We better start practicing now and get off our high horse. Our golden aura in the world is beginning to dull from arrogance.

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