Critics Slam Task Force Cyber Plans
The National Cyber Security Partnership is under fire for its close ties to vendors and its task forces' pace in promoting secure software.The release of the first set of recommendations from two task forces formed last year at the National Cyber Security Summit has spurred a fresh round of criticism from security experts who say the governments reliance on vendors is stifling progress. The recommendations were produced by the Awareness for Home Users and Small Businesses and the Cyber Security Early Warning task forces, two of five such groups established at the summit in December and known collectively as the National Cyber Security Partnership, or NCSP. Stacked with security and software industry executives and government representatives, the task forces are meant to tackle several big issues, including promoting secure software, providing corporate governance and developing guidelines for users to improve security.
Specifically, for small businesses, the Awareness task force has developed a guidebook listing simple security tips and advice. Two insurance companies have also agreed to provide insurance credits to small businesses that implement the steps in the guidebook. For enterprises, the group plans to hold regional summits for CEOs to meet with officials from the Department of Homeland Security. It will also start a direct-mail campaign this summer to give high-level executives information on network security.