The proposed national strategy calls for global adoption of the COE Convention on Cybercrime, which the United States helped craft last year. According to the plan, the initiative could be used to bring cyber-security laws into harmony, making it easier to investigate cyber-attacks and prosecute crime. An EU resolution adopted in January spelled out a cyber-strategy for the region, including the establishment of a cyber-security task force, which should be up and running by the middle of next year.The CIPB may also recommend the creation of an international alert network to identify vulnerabilities and prevent attacks, according to the draft of the strategy. The network would be developed by governments, nongovernmental organizations and the commercial sector to encourage information sharing. "There are already extensive networks of collaboration," Nielsen said. "The [EU] Cyber-Security Task Force would be a good platform for collaboration outward bound." Related stories:
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In addition, the EU is creating a European smart-card infrastructure, and by the end of next year, the EU Commission and member states will examine ways to establish a secure environment for exchanging classified government information.