Tech industry put on security notice

Thursday, 4 December 2003, 11:26 AM EST

The Summit, put on by four pro-business organizations, had major officials from the Department of Homeland Security praising industry-led initiatives and promising to forestall any legislation.

Yet, while the government officials--including department Secretary Tom Ridge and Robert Liscouski, assistant secretary for infrastructure protection--said they would go to bat for industry efforts to better corporate network security, they warned that companies better not strike out.

"There should be no mistake about where we stand," Liscouski said during a press conference at the summit. "We are not going to let anybody who operates in this space dodge their responsibility, and I will be sticking my finger into people's chests to make sure they live up to their responsibilities."

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