What’s so hard about public/private partnerships?

March 7, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Government Computer News

It wasn’t an official theme of last month’s conference, but the common thread running through comments from government officials speaking at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco was the need for cooperation and collaboration between government and the private sector.

Government can’t do the job alone, they reiterated. It has neither the authority nor the expertise to protect the nation’s critical infrastructure. Successful public/private partnerships need to be real, and they need to be two-way streets, said Philip Reitinger, deputy undersecretary at the Homeland Security Department and director of DHS’ National Cyber Security Center.

Those calls, from both industry and government, go back years. But the theme song for this search could be U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”

Why is this still so hard? Because each side is looking for something different.

Story here.