U.S. Chamber, Cyber Security Partnership
Report Lays Out Blueprint
for Improvements to Critical Infrastructure
Group to Launch Website on Cyber Security Issues
Teleconference Press Availability
Thursday, March 18 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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D.C., March 18, 2004 – A new report released
by the United States Chamber of Commerce and the National
Cyber Security Partnership – a coalition of business
and technology groups – outlined new strategies for
improving cyber security within the nation’s business
community and unveiled a guidebook specifically for small
"Cyber security is one of the most critical issues business owners face," said
Andrew Howell, Chamber vice president for homeland security. "It is important
to move industry beyond awareness of cyber security problems to implementing
solutions," said Ty Sagalow, Deputy Chief Underwriting Officer and DBG Vice
President, American International Group, one of three Chairs of the task force
that issued the report.
guidebook, produced in conjunction with the Internet Security
Alliance, outlines what small business owners
can and should do to protect their critical
infrastructure, including: not opening emails from unknown senders, changing
passwords regularly, using anti-virus programs, installing firewalls, and
closing Internet connections when users are away from
nearly every small business retaining customer and employee
data on their computer systems we must protect from online
fraud, theft and security breeches," said
Howard Schmidt, Chief Information Security Office at E-Bay and Co-Chair
of the task force that released the report. "Now is the
time to act and our report demonstrates the commitment of many
public and private partners to implement
comprehensive awareness," commented Dan Caprio, Chief of Staff to
Federal Trade Commissioner Orson Swindle, the third Co-Chair.
Partnership’s report calls on the Department of Homeland
Security to partner with employers to host information forums
on cyber security, and recommends
a comprehensive national public service campaign to educate Americans
on the importance of cyber security.
National Cyber Security Partnership seeks to harden America’s
critical information infrastructure through collaborative action.
Members include the
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Software Alliance, the Information
Technology Association of America, and TechNet.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business
federation representing more than three million businesses
and organizations of every size,
sector and region.