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Senate panel OKs more cybercrime dollars
The technology industry supports the bill, but many businesses dislike changes made by co-sponsor Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., that direct NIST to set guidelines for security settings on many common software products used by the federal government.
They argue that such language would put Uncle Sam in the role of setting standards for computer security technologies, and would gut the public-sector market for new security products.
"The establishment of such technological standards would create a ceiling, rather than a floor, for federal government cybersecurity," said Robert Holleyman, president and CEO of the Business Software Alliance.
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