Cybersecurity task force sparks debate

Monday, 12 April 2004, 11:24 AM EST

A cybersecurity task force convened by a U.S. House subcommittee chairman released a series of recommendations this week, but some of the results created rifts between IT vendors and security advocates, including a request to allow IT purchasers to band together to dictate security standards to vendors.

Among the recommendations of the Corporate Information Security Working Group (CISWG), released this week by Representative Adam Putnam, was a proposal to change U.S. antitrust law to allow IT industry groups to agree on security specifications for software and hardware they purchase. The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA), which participated in CISWG, objected to that proposal, saying it amounts to a call for group boycotts.

By Grant Gross at InfoWorld.

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