Group promotes 'culture of security'

Tuesday, 27 August 2002, 10:11 AM EST

The OECD, an international organization composed of governments from around the world and charged with tackling the challenges of a global economy, hopes to develop a "culture of security" among government and businesses that increasingly depend on network connections across national borders.

"Along with the incredible benefits we enjoy through (computer networks), there are inherent vulnerabilities that must be recognized and addressed by all who use computers, modems, the Internet, and networks," Orson Swindle, a member of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission who heads the U.S. delegation to the OECD, said in a statement. "The more we depend upon interconnected information systems and networks, the greater our vulnerability--unless we act prudently."

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