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Cybersecurity solution needs better partnerships, not more rules, group says

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March 10, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire
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via Federal Computer Week

The current model of public-private partnership for cybersecurity is effective and should not be abandoned in favor of a new regulatory regime, a coalition of IT industry and civil liberties organizations is warning.

What are needed instead are clearly defined roles for all parties and economic incentives for businesses in securing nation’s critical infrastructure, according to an industry white paper released today.

“A strong framework for promoting cybersecurity through a public‐private partnership is already in place, and industry and government have devoted substantial resources to it,” the paper concluded. “There is no need to create a new one, or to replace the existing partnership model with a system of government mandates that would erode trust, threaten privacy and undermine voluntary cooperation. This would be a setback for cybersecurity.”

The paper was produced by the Business Software Alliance, the Center for Democracy and Technology, the Internet Security Alliance, TechAmerica, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ISA president Larry Clinton called it a consensus statement from the business and civil liberties communities.

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