Security professionals form CSO council

A group of information security professionals has formed a "global council" of chief security officers to improve the way they...

A group of information security professionals has formed a "global council" of chief security officers to improve the way they address online security challenges.

Formation of the council is scheduled to be announced later today at an event in San Francisco hosted by eBay, a founding member of the group.

The group seeks to improve online security by bringing together expertise from academic, corporate and government backgrounds. Although all initial members are US-based experts, the council is open to others.

The council will bring together information security professionals so they can better define their roles and work on the issues that are part of the online world. "Cybersecurity is an evolving space. You need to stay ahead of the game," an eBay spokesman said.

Among the initial 10 council members is Scott Charney, chief security strategist at Microsoft. "To address the issues that are presented in the modern cybersecurity arena, you really need actions across the spectrum. It is critical for businesses to band together," said Philip Reitinger, Microsoft senior security strategist and a member of Charney's staff.

"We all have to recognise that cybersecurity is not just a technical issue or government issue, it is a management issue," Reitinger said. "CSOs have a critical responsibility for providing the security of the IT infrastructure of businesses. Getting such a group together can further secure those businesses and generally secure infrastructure across the board."

Other charter council members are Bill Boni, chief information security officer (CISO) of Motorola, Vint Cerf, senior vice president of technology strategy at MCI, Dave Cullinane, CISO at Washington Mutual, Mary Ann Davidson, CSO at Oracle, Whitfield Diffie, security specialist and former CSO at Sun Microsystems, Steve Katz, former CISO of Citigroup, Rhonda MacLean, director of corporate information security at Bank of America, and Will Pelgrin, director of the New York state Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure Co-ordination.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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