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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Fighting Hackers, Viruses, Bureaucracy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Search the exact phrase "National Computer Security Survey" on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Web site, and you won't find a thing.

That's surprising, because the Department of Homeland Security is a co-sponsor of a study titled "National Computer Security Survey." At the end of next month, it will be sent by Rand to thousands of businesses in 37 sectors. A DHS rep says there are no plans to issue a press release on the subject until after the survey is completed.

Who's more interested in getting the word out now? Lobbyists. "This is a pretty important survey," explains Paul Kurtz, executive director of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance.

Full story at Forbes.com