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April 21, 04 Subcommittee On Infrastructure And Border Security: Wednesday, 10:30AM - Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, Research and Development

WHAT: Joint Hearing: “The DHS Infrastructure Protection Division: Public-Private Partnerships to Secure Critical Infrastructures”

WHEN: Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

Chairman Cox Statement


Mr. Robert Liscouski
Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection; Department of Homeland Security

Mr. George Newstrom
Secretary of Technology; Commonwealth of Virginia

Mr. Robert Dacey
Director, Information Security Issues; General Accounting Office

The Honorable Dave McCurdy
Executive Director; Internet Security Alliance

Ms. Diane VanDe Hei
Vice Chair, Information Sharing and Analysis Center Council

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04-19-04 April Report Recommends Critical Changes to Strengthen Cybersecurity

Over 85 percent of the critical infrastructure is owned and operated by the private sector. This infrastructure includes essential health, financial, and social services, fundamental to sustaining the American way of life. On April 12, 2004, the National Cyber Security Partnership (NCSP) released a report by its Corporate Governance Task Force, highlighting necessary reforms to improve the security of our Nation’s cyber infrastructure. The Corporate Governance Task Force’s report, “Information Security Governance: A Call to Action,” outlines recommendations for protecting critical infrastructure. Key recommendations include:

- identifying cybersecurity roles and responsibilities within corporate management

- establishing risk management and quality assurance benchmarks; and,

- outlining best practices and industry metrics.

The NCSP was formed as a private-public partnership aimed at developing shared strategies and programs to enhance America’s critical information infrastructure. Cybersecurity is, and will continue to be, a top priority for the Homeland Security Committee. Public-private partnerships, like the Corporate Governance Task Force, are crucial to enhancing the security of our Nation’s cyberspace. By bringing stakeholders to the table, public-private partnerships present an important opportunity to protect the infrastructure upon which we all depend.

The House Select Committee on Homeland Security will continue its dialogue with industry officials and the Department of Homeland Security on this critical subject at a hearing on Wednesday, April 21, 2004. This joint hearing of the Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science, and Research & Development and the Subcommittee on Infrastructure and Border Security will examine public-private partnerships for infrastructure protection and information sharing – specifically, the relationship between the Department of Homeland Security and various critical infrastructure sectors.

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