Industry will aid government on cyberspace plan

The White House unveiled its National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, detailing dozens of steps for industry and government to prevent and recover from assaults on the nation's critical systems.

The plan's five priorities are:

* A national cyberspace security response system

* A threat and vulnerability reduction program

* A security awareness and training program

* A plan to secure governments' cyberspace

* An approach to intelligence agency and international cybersecurity.

The plan also included recommendations to the private sector to raise its awareness of threats, train its systems employees, evaluate the security of applications and form ties with the government for joint action.

The plan called for specific federal actions, the first of which is to set up a 24-hour, seven-day contact point in the Homeland Security Department for federal interactions with industry and other partners. And it called for exercises to evaluate the impact of cyberattacks and pinpoint weaknesses for correction. *

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