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US public/private leaders collaborate on ways to fight botnets

The US departments of Commerce and Homeland Security (DHS) have discussed with other federal agencies and private-sector leaders in the information technology industry the need to create a voluntary industry code of conduct to address the detection and mitigation of botnets.

At an invitational meeting hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), IT, policy and other leaders met to brainstorm ideas about ways to fight the growing problem of botnets, including notification of consumers that their computers have been infected with botnet control software.

“Improving cybersecurity requires a combination of efforts in which everyone has a role to play,” White HouseCybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said in his keynote address. “By working together to achieve better security, we can make the improvements needed that will ensure the security and resilience we need to prosper as a nation.”

At the CISIS event, keynote talks by senior officials were followed by a panel session featuring representatives from the Federal Communications Commission, US Internet Service Provider Association, DHS, National Institute of Standards and Technology and StopBadware. The discussion centered on how Internet Service Providers and other organizations can detect botnet activity and promptly notify consumers that their computers have been compromised.

“Today’s discussion of building a code of conduct around botnet detection, notification and mitigation highlights the importance of maintaining a trusted and secure Internet and the potential of multi-stakeholder efforts,” Cameron Kerry, Commerce general counsel and chair of the department’s Internet Policy Task Force, said. “In a world where commerce and trade operate on exchange of digital information, security and privacy are two sides of the same coin, and this coin is essential currency.”

Source: NIST

•Date: 5th October 2011 • Region: US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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