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Organisation launched to address cyber crime threat

Cyber Secure Institute : 12 December, 2008  (Company News)
The launch of the Cyber Secure Institute aims to raise awareness of threat levels and operate as advocacy for stronger IT security standards
The Cyber Secure Institute, an analysis and advocacy organisation focused on raising the bar for cybersecurity, has announced its launch. The Cyber Secure Institute will focus on five main objectives:.

* Raise awareness of cyber threats.
* Advocate for stronger Cyber Secure standards for IT security.
* Push for all cybersecurity technologies to be independently validated against widely accepted, internationally and nationally recognised standards.
* Recognise IT technologies that meet rigorous Cyber Secure standards.
* Advocate the deployment of best available Cyber Secure technologies—technologies independently tested and certified capable of withstanding even hostile and sophisticated attacks.

The Institute is unique in that it is not a trade association or industry group. It was formed to serve as the voice for truly effective cybersecurity.

Rob Housman, the Institute's Executive Director, said "We formed the Cyber Secure Institute because this is a critical time for cybersecurity. The FBI reports major cyber attacks are increasing. The Chinese military has repeatedly hacked the White House's systems. Numerous studies highlight the cyber-vulnerabilities of our critical infrastructure. Millions of Americans have had their identities stolen, their money taken and their personal information hacked. At the same time, there is a growing commitment to deal with this threat. President-elect Obama is focused on the issue. The House leadership has formed a Cybersecurity Caucus. There is an opportunity here to make a real difference."

"However, we can't address this threat through cybersecurity as we now know it—endless after-the-fact struggles to close gaps exposed in inherently insecure technologies," Housman added. "If we continue this constant cycle of hack and patch we will never be secure."

"We need to shift from 'hack and patch' cybersecurity to developing and deploying Cyber Secure systems and technologies. The Institute's goal is to drive the development and deployment of Cyber Secure technologies," Housman said.

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