CUPERTINO, Calif. – Sept. 18, 2002 - Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), the world leader in Internet security, today announced that its Chairman and CEO, John W. Thompson, has been appointed to the National Infrastructure Assurance Council (NIAC) by U.S. President George W. Bush. The NIAC was established by the President to provide advice on the security of information systems for critical infrastructure supporting key sectors of the national economy, including banking and finance, transportation, energy, manufacturing, and emergency government services. Thompson’s appointment was announced in conjunction with the unveiling today of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace by Richard Clarke, the President’s Special Advisor for Cyberspace Security.
"Maintaining a secure information infrastructure is one of our nation's most urgent concerns, and establishing a cooperative partnership between the public and private sectors is a crucial step in achieving our homeland cyber security," said Clarke. "To that end, the NIAC was created to bring together the most experienced and skilled information security experts to help ensure the safety of our country's critical infrastructure. The appointment of Symantec CEO John Thompson to the Council provides the NIAC a proven leader with invaluable expertise in the global Internet security marketplace."
“It is an honor to have the opportunity to participate in this presidential advisory panel and work with other members to fortify our country’s information infrastructure,” said Thompson. “Symantec brings to the NIAC a history of working successfully with the private and public sectors to raise the awareness of the importance of cyber security and, in turn, to strengthen our nation’s virtual borders.”
Symantec has provided a leadership role in several homeland security initiatives including content recommendations on the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace presented today at Stanford University. Additional activities include the 2002 Silicon Valley Blue Ribbon Task Force on Aviation Security and Technology, chaired by Thompson. Symantec is a founding member of The National Cyber Security Alliance, a coalition of private and public entities to raise awareness of the value of cyber security throughout the U.S. In addition, Symantec is also a founding member of IT-ISAC (Information Technology Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and serves on its board of directors. The company has also participated in a series of nationwide town hall meetings directed by Special Advisor Clarke, and Symantec CEO Thompson served as a panel member at the President’s 21st Century High Tech Forum in June.
According to the Executive Order on Critical Infrastructure Protection, the NIAC has several functions. It is charged with enhancing the partnership of the public and private sectors in protecting information systems for critical infrastructures. The NIAC is also tasked with proposing and developing ways to encourage private industry to perform periodic risk assessments of critical information and telecommunications systems. In addition, the Council is directed to monitor the development of private sector Information Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs) and provide recommendations to the Critical Infrastructure Protection Board, chaired by Clarke, on how these organizations can best foster improved cooperation among the ISACs, the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC) and other Federal Government entities.
The NIAC is composed of 30 members, appointed by the President. Members are selected from the private sector, academia, and state and local government. Members of the NIAC have expertise in protecting the nation’s critical infrastructure.
Symantec is the world leader in providing solutions to help individuals and enterprises assure the security, availability, and integrity of their information. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has operations in more than 40 countries. More information is available at www.symantec.com.
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