Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter • Volume 2, Number 6  • February 2006

Executive Director’s Message

When we created the the Cyber Security Industry Alliance in 2004, we identified three clear objectives: Monitor and influence public policy; Develop and build awareness campaigns; Identify, support emerging technology standards.


Anti-Spyware Coalition:
Building Consensus in the Fight Against Spyware

It's been less than a year since the public interest advocates and academics teamed with the top providers of anti-spyware software to form the Anti-Spyware Coalition, but already the group has notched some impressive achievements in its effort to strengthen the technological response to malicious and unwanted software.


FTC Choicepoint Settlement: A Turning Point for Data Integrity

Consumer data broker ChoicePoint, Inc., which last year acknowledged that the personal financial records of more than 163,000 consumers in its database had been compromised, will pay $10 million in civil penalties and $5 million in consumer redress to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that its security and record-handling procedures violated consumers’ privacy rights and federal laws.


Summary of Data Integrity Summit: Legal Implications of IT Security

CSIA held the Data Integrity Summit on January 18, 2006, an event sponsored by Surety, LLC, Cooley Godward LLP, Symantec, Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, Alston & Bird, and Grant Thornton. The proceedings were well attended by attorneys, IT security professionals and business executives seeking to learn more about the business and legal implications of data integrity.


Anti-Spyware Public Workshop
Defines Problems, Seeks Solutions

The Anti-Spyware Coalition held its first Public Workshop in Washington, DC on Thursday, February 9. The Workshop, "Defining the Problem, Developing Solutions," brought together industry, government, academia, policy groups, and non-profits to discuss combating spyware.


CSIA Events at RSA 2006

Ari Schwartz Earns the RSA Excellence in Public Policy 2006 Award

CSIA co-sponsors the RSA Conference 2006 Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy. This year, the award goes to Ari Schwartz, Deputy Director, Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), whose hard work in protecting consumers’ privacy on the Internet and in making information records more accessible has constituted a public service of the highest order.


CSIA Town Hall Meeting

For a discussion on U.S. and international perspectives on the role of government, please join: Stewart Baker, Assistant Secretary of Policy, U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Paul Twomey,  CEO of Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).


RSA 2006: Schedule of CSIA Events

The complete guide to CSIA speakers and events at RSA Conference 2006, San Jose, February 13 - 17, 2006.


Global Perspectives


The Austrian Presidency of the EU (which took over from the UK on 1 January 2006) has made IT security, better regulation and more efficient use of spectrum resources priorities in the area of the information society for its six months at the EU helm. In a joint statement, Austria and Finland (who will take over the Presidency from Austria on 1 July 2006) put i2010 at the top of their information society agenda, with an emphasis on ensuring the security of ICT systems.


CSIA Member Spotlight

About CA, Inc.

About CA., Inc.:  CA is one of the world's largest IT management software providers. Our software and expertise unify and simplify complex IT environments in a secure way across the enterprise for greater business results. CA’s solutions help businesses manage systems, networks, security, storage, applications and databases securely and dynamically.


Cyber Security Meets Hollywood

It might take Hollywood-style visual imagery and story-telling to properly communicate the profound challenges facing cyber security in 2006. I’m guessing it would be a sci-fi thriller (unfortunately, not a comedy), and it would require the talent of a Stephen Spielberg to pull off.


Congressional Spotlight

Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

Notable: Senator Smith is the sponsor for S.1408, which is designed to: strengthen data protection and safeguards, require data breach notification, and further prevent identity theft. S. 1408 passed out of Committee in December, and is one of the leading data breach notification bills CSIA is tracking. Senator Smith has also sponsored, or co-sponsored two bills related to spyware, including S. 1608, the U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2005.


U.S. SAFE WEB Act of 2005

I am proud to serve as chairman of the Subcommittee on Trade, Tourism, and Economic Development, which has primary jurisdiction over the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and online-privacy issues. I have a deep interest in spyware and Internet security and have continually worked on these issues to ensure protection of both consumers and businesses.