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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

U.S. Must Do More To Improve Cyber Security, Industry Group Says

The U.S. federal government must significantly enhance its efforts to ensure the security of sensitive information, improve the security and resiliency of the critical information infrastructure and increase federal information assurance this year, according to the Cyber Security Industry Alliance.

"While the government has taken some positive steps forward to improve the state of information security, action has been decidedly mixed," says Liz Gasster, acting executive director and general counsel of CSIA. "CSIA commends the government for moving forward on several key initiatives including the Senate's ratification of the Council of Europe's Convention on Cyber Crime and the appointment of an assistant secretary for cyber security and telecommunications. However, we are discouraged by Congress' inability to pass a comprehensive federal law to protect sensitive personal information, even in the face of more than 100 million Americans having their data records exposed. In 2007, CSIA will work even harder to urge swift action from Congress to pass this much-needed legislation."

CSIA gave the federal government a grade of "D" for its cyber security efforts.

Members of the CSIA include Application Security, Inc.; CA, Inc. (NYSE:CA); BSI Management Systems; Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS);Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTCBB Pink Sheets: CRDS.PK); Entrust, Inc.(Nasdaq: ENTU); F-Secure Corporation (HEX: FSC1V); Fortinet, Inc.; IBMInternet Security Systems Inc. (NYSE: IBM); iPass Inc. (Nasdaq: IPAS);McAfee, Inc. (NYSE: MFE); Mirage Networks; MXI Security; PGP Corporation;Qualys, Inc.; RSA, The Security Division of EMC (NYSE: EMC); SecureComputing Corporation (Nasdaq: SCUR); Surety, Inc.; SurfControl Plc (LSE:SRF); Symantec Corporation (Nasdaq: SYMC); TechGuard Security, LLC; andVontu, Inc.

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