Tech Executives Try to Slow Government rules For Computer Security

    Date03 Dec 2003
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Technology executives are trying to convince the Homeland Security Department that costly new computer security rules aren't needed, arguing their companies are already taking aggressive steps to defend against hackers. The behind-the-scenes lobbying is paying dividends. The administration is reconsidering . . . Technology executives are trying to convince the Homeland Security Department that costly new computer security rules aren't needed, arguing their companies are already taking aggressive steps to defend against hackers. The behind-the-scenes lobbying is paying dividends. The administration is reconsidering its support for a plan requiring publicly traded companies to describe their hacker defenses to securities regulators.

    That proposal was among the earliest outgrowths of the Bush administration's strategy for securing cyberspace. Now industry lobbyists and academics are being given a chance to rewrite the proposed legislation to make it more palatable to them. The influence of industry groups like the Information Technology Association of America and the Business Software Alliance in shaping the administration computer security policy has impressed some observers.

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