Cyber Security Industry Alliance Newsletter • Volume 1, Number 9 • May 2005

Executive Director’s Message

The recent wave of data security breaches at banks, retailers, hospitals, and universities across the country has dramatically elevated the issues of personal information protection and privacy before Congress and the nation as a whole. Undoubtedly, the protection of information must be one of our nation's top priorities. This is an issue of both national security and economic stability. The way we address issues of security and privacy today will have ramifications for years to come. A holistic approach to ensuring the security, integrity and availability of global information systems is fundamental to economic and national security.

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CSIA Hosts Summit on IT Security and SOX Compliance

On May 4, the Cyber Security Industry Alliance hosted a daylong roundtable on “Lessons Learned from IT Security and Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance” at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. The event was sponsored by several leading technology, auditing, and security organizations including the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and George Mason University Law School's Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Program.

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Report on the CSIA/GMU Symposium on Cyber Security and the Law: Addressing Compliance, Complexity, and Confusion — Federal Level

On Tuesday, April 26, CSIA and George Mason University School of Law, Critical Infrastructure Protection Program co-sponsored the second in a series of forums on state, federal and international cyber security legislation. This event focused on federal level legislative efforts.

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CSIA Member Spotlight

About RSA Security Inc.

About RSA Security: RSA Security Inc. helps organizations confidently protect identities and information access. The company secures more than 15 million user identities, safeguards trillions of business transactions annually, and manages the confidentiality of data in tens of thousands of applications worldwide.

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Why RFID Security Must Be Addressed Today

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is an emerging technology that will soon be – literally – everywhere. Already widely-used in retail supply chains and as an inventory tool, wireless identifiers will quickly be pervasive across all aspects of our lives. As they develop, they will emerge as a key conduit for business-critical information and high-value transactions. Making sure that RFID-enabled applications are equipped from the start with the right security – adequate and forwards-compatible – will, therefore, be critical.

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Congressional Spotlight:
Representative Dan Lungren (CA-3)

Notable: Congressman Lungren has served in the House before, from 1979-1989. In 1985, he was cited by the US News and World Report as one of a handful of members of Congress “likely to be a future national leader.” He left the House and became California‚Äôs Attorney General, serving from 1991-1999. With his return to Congress, Rep. Lungren now serves on the House Committee on Homeland Security, House Committee on the Judiciary, and House Budget Committee.

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