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Govts, businesses to discuss cybersecurity threats

Last Updated: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 09:56

Washington: Government officials and business leaders from around the world are meeting in Texas this week to discuss what all agree is an area of common and growing
concern: cybersecurity.

The Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, hosted by the EastWest Institute (EWI), opens in Dallas on Monday and will feature three days of discussions on ways to protect the world`s digital infrastructure from electronic threats.

Among those scheduled to address the gathering, being
held in the wake of sophisticated cyberattacks on Google which
the Internet giant said originated in China, are President
Barack Obama`s National Security Advisor James Jones
and White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt.

The EWI, a non-partisan think tank, is bringing together
400 government officials, business leaders and cybersecurity
experts from China, France, Germany, India, Russia, the United
States and nearly three dozen other countries to "map the
dangers and areas of cooperation" in cyberspace.

"The skyrocketing severity and frequency of cyberattacks
against businesses, governments and other institutions
globally pose an ominous threat to the stability of the
international economy and peace itself," according to
the EWI.

"Nations have well established rules of the game on land,
sea, air and in outer space," it said. "There is a significant
lack of such rules in the fifth common domain -- cyberspace."


First Published: Sunday, May 2, 2010 - 09:56
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