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July 27 Stakeholder Meeting Addresses Cybersecurity and Innovation

For Immediate Release: June 23, 2010

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Contact: Evelyn Brown
301-975-5661

As part of its initiative to ensure that the Internet continues to spawn growth and innovation, the Department of Commerce will hold a symposium on "Cybersecurity and Innovation in the Information Economy" on July 27, 2010, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Interested stakeholders are invited to comment on the relationship between cybersecurity in the commercial space and innovation in the Internet economy, with particular emphasis on businesses that operate non-critical infrastructure.

Senior government officials scheduled to speak include Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Director Patrick Gallagher, Commerce General Counsel Cameron Kerry, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt. Private-sector panelists include Vint Cerf, Google; Larry Clinton, Internet Security Alliance; and James Lewis, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Planned panels will focus on "Assessing the Macro-Economic Threat and the Commercial Sector's Response," "Micro-Economic Successes and Challenges in Risk Management," "Effecting Behavioral Change" and "Roles, Responsibilities and the Global Path Forward."

This meeting is part of an ongoing review conducted by the Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force, launched by Secretary Locke in April. The task force is investigating successful cybersecurity strategies, the roles of the private and public sectors in cybersecurity in the commercial arena, and the relationship between cybersecurity policy and consumer welfare, job creation, and international trade. The review is being coordinated with the Office of the Cybersecurity Coordinator, Executive Office of the President.

Task force members include representatives from NIST, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, and the International Trade Administration.

The event will be held in the Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., and will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. To register and review the agenda, see www.nist.gov/itl/cybersecurity.cfm. The proceedings will be videotaped and available later on the web site.

Media are welcome to attend and should contact Evelyn Brown in advance.