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Administration Says It Will Give Industry and Academia Heads Up on Cyberattacks

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Universities and businesses will be supplied with government intelligence and law enforcement disclosures about malicious Internet activities by the Obama administration so that they can defend their critical assets, says White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt. "I think we all recognize that the government has unique access to information," Schmidt says. "We need to continue to look for ways to share that information, but also give our universities and our businesses information to be able to protect themselves."

Meanwhile, the forthcoming National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is designed to provide people with a way to confirm who they are engaging with when they conduct Web transactions. The Commerce Department will supervise the ID process, in conjunction with the private sector, while Schmidt says the policy will be fixed to the Federal Trade Commission's fair information practice precepts, which encourage firms to provide notice about the information they gather from consumers.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) emphasizes that any attempt to protect the country's networked infrastructures must involve public-private collaboration. He says that "we need solutions that contain incentives to encourage business to adopt best practices to security."

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