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FCC Chief Asks Internet Providers to Strengthen Network Security

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February 22, 2012
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Requirements
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Internet-service providers should adopt an industrywide standard to help keep hackers from taking over customers’ computers, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said.

Providers of high-speed Internet service, such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc., need to create a code of conduct to help protect against so-called botnets that secretly infect computers, Genachowski said in a speech today in Washington. He urged providers to take steps to thwart schemes that hijack Internet traffic and direct consumers to fraudulent websites.

“Cyber attacks pose a critical threat to our economic future and national security,” Genachowski said in a speech today in Washington. “If you shut down the Internet, you’d shut down our economy.”

Genachowski’s remarks add to debate in Washington over how to strengthen security of computer networks. A bipartisan Senate bill introduced last week would require better defenses by companies running systems essential to U.S. economic and national security.

via Businessweek, continued here.