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Monday, 20 October 2003, 1:16 PM EST

The leaders responsible for the nation's critical infrastructures must create rules for working together in the event of a crisis, according to a presidential advisory group.

Those rules will be the first step in avoiding a calamitous domino-like crash of succeeding infrastructures if there is a unified attack, private-sector leaders concluded in a set of proposed recommendations for the Bush administration.

The National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC), made up of 30 high-level executives from the private sector, is developing recommendations for President Bush and the Homeland Security Department. The group will make a wide range of recommendations, covering everything from how to disclose software vulnerabilities to where government regulation can enhance security.

The council includes representatives from every sector, but the group called on expertise from organizations at DHS, the FBI, national labs and several sector-specific organizations, such as the National Energy Resource Council and the financial services' Banking Industry Technology Secretariat, a technology consortium of the nation's largest banks, to develop the recommendations.

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