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Alliance Sets Standards on Computer Security
"It's support for the homeland security strategy," said Clint Kreitner, president and chief executive of the Center for Internet Security (CIS), a nonprofit group of agencies and companies that is coordinating the effort. "We forged a technical consensus."
The announcement comes as there is increased concern over computer security since Sept. 11. Computer hacking, much of which has been caused by mischievous teenagers, has become more pervasive and destructive. The perceived threat of cyber-terrorism from countries or terrorist groups has raised the stakes. Richard Clarke, who was appointed the nation's cyber-security adviser late last year, has said he worries about a "digital Pearl Harbor," where the country's vital networks could be attacked.
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