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Commerce Secretary Locke Highlights Cybersecurity Efforts at Symposium

locke_0409The Department of Commerce yesterday hosted a symposium devoted to protecting the information of consumers and the commercial sector from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.

Held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., the event featured senior government and private-sector leaders in a wide-ranging discussion of issues, best practices, and strategies for responding to cyber threats.

“The importance of cybersecurity can be summed up in one word: confidence,” Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said in his opening remarks at the event. “That’s what underpins everything we do on the Internet. We are now developing a policy framework for innovation and working to strengthen the connective tissue of the Internet.”

Several high-level administration and Congressional officials attended the symposium, including White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, and Commerce Department General Counsel Cameron Kerry. Panel discussions featured senior officials from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, the Commerce Department and private-sector executives.

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