NIAC tackles net security

Tuesday, 29 April 2003, 12:15 AM EST

As corporate America tries to work more closely with the federal government to improve network security, a primary goal among CEOs is avoiding new federal regulations.

However, executives who are directly responsible for network security do not necessarily share that goal. CIOs and chief security officers across the country are quietly advocating regulation to spur their bosses into acting more effectively on network security, according to Tom Noonan, president and CEO of Internet Security Systems Inc., in Atlanta.

There is a widespread feeling among executives accountable for IT that security is not receiving the attention it deserves from the helm, Noonan told top corporate executives gathered for a teleconference of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council last week.

"I've wanted to head for the hills every time I hear it," Noonan said.

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