Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter •  Volume 2, Number 9 • May 2006

Executive Director’s Message

The results of CSIA's third survey on Information Security shows Americans’ lack of confidence in the Internet has both political and economic consequences. The third CSIA Digital Confidence Index reading remains at a failing grade: 57 on a 100-point scale, a one-point decrease from November 2005.


Digital Confidence Survey

CSIA Digital Confidence Index

A Digital Confidence Index score of 57 (out of a 100) shows that neither government nor industry has made any headway in the past 6 months when it comes to putting consumers at ease when it comes to network security. For industry, the consequence has been billions of dollars lost in on-line revenue even as the growth in on-line sales has grown. For government, the open question is how will voters respond if decisive action is not taken on the data security legislation coursing through Congress.


Kurtz Testifies to Congress on Crisis-Driven Telework Readinesss

Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) Executive Director Paul Kurtz testified before the House Government Reform Committee on May 11. In his testimony, he expressed deep concern that the federal workforce lags far behind the private sector in its ability to work offsite in response to a large-scale crisis such as pandemic influenza.


Global Perspectives


In June 2005, the European Commission launched a five-year strategy to boost the digital economy. Entitled: "i2010: a European Information Society for growth and employment", the initiative aims to foster growth and jobs in the information society and media industries. The project foresees a number of initiatives, including in the areas of network security and e-government.


CSIA Member Spotlight

About Mirage Networks

About Mirage Networks:  Mirage Networks is committed to defending the network interior with the industry’s easiest-to-implement network access control solutions. Delivered through a global channel of VARs, SIs, OEMs and MSSPs, the company’s patent-pending technology gives IT managers control in the uncontrollable environment of infected, unmanaged and out-of-policy devices. Its appliance-based approach deploys out of band, and requires neither signatures nor agents to terminate day-zero threats and enforce policies, while ensuring a positive user experience.


Better Regulations for Better Mouse Traps

As a dyed-in-the-wool capitalist, I’m not used to looking for – or seeing – the good in government-enforced regulations. But something happened recently that has shed a new light on things.


Congressional Spotlight

Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO)

Wm. Lacy Clay was first elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 2000, succeeding his father, the Honorable Bill Clay, who served for 32 years and was a founding Member of the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to his election to the U.S. House of Representatives, Mr. Clay served 17 years in both chambers of the Missouri Legislature.

As a member of the Government Reform Committee, Rep. Lacy Clay has been an outspoken advocate for reforming our nation's electoral process; and he serves on the Financial Services Committee where he has worked to promote home ownership and crack down on predatory lending practices.


Electronic Health Information Act of 2006

Since the release of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) 1999 report, To Err is Human, Congress has sought an appropriate remedy for reducing the extensive rate of medical errors in our health care system among economically and geographically disparate patient populations. The task is formidable, as medical errors account for between 44,000 and 98,000 deaths annually, along with countless other injuries having adverse impacts on the lives of those affected.