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Select Committee on Homeland Security
For Immediate Release

Thursday, October 23, 2003
Contact: Vince Sollitto
Liz Tobias

Cox Stresses the Importance of Cybersecurity Awareness for our Nation

Today the National Cyber Security Alliance held their "Roll Back the Clock" Press Conference at the National Press Club to continue raising awareness of the importance of cybersecurity and to encourage all Internet users to protect their computer systems and personal information. As Americans roll back their clocks on October 26, the Stay Safe Online Campaign designates this day to promote cybersecurity and protection practices among businesses, foundations and home Internet users. House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Christopher Cox issued the following statement:

"I applaud the efforts of the Cyber Security Alliance for their awareness outreach to cyber-consumers at home and at work. Cybersecurity requires team efforts such as this, as the government cannot do it alone. The House Homeland Security Committee has made cybersecurity a priority for the nation and the Department of Homeland Security. Over the past few months, we have accomplished a great deal in the way of awareness for Congress and the public as our Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research and Development held six public hearings to discuss cybersecurity across government and the private sector and sponsored a cybersecurity workshop that was open to House and Senate staffers to increase their cyber awareness.

"Our work is far from over. In the coming months the Committee will be focused on Department of Homeland Security cyber initiatives, such as defining a national framework for cyber standards and best practices and evaluation of the best model for the industry sector partnership with government. In addition, we want to ensure consistency in measuring costs of cyberattacks to our nation and plan to work with the Administration and the private sector to develop an economic cost model from which to work. Likely as important as anything else, the Committee will encourage the private sector, which owns and operates the majority of our information infrastructure, to assist in defining the "best" approach to securing our nation's critical infrastructure. In all of our efforts, we want to work with the public and private sectors to ensure there is open and public dialogue as solutions are identified. No one can do this alone."