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CSIA Congratulates Winners of the 2007 RSA Conference Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy

Deborah Platt Majoras and Senator Joe Simitian Recognized for Leadership in Combating Identity Theft Crimes and Introducing Cali

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) today applauded the two co-winners of the 2007 RSA Conference Award for Public Policy: Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras and California State Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). This award recognizes Majoras' and Simitian's significant contributions in the field of cyber security public policy.

Since 2004, Majoras has aggressively spearheaded the FTC's outreach to businesses, consumers and law enforcement to help combat identity theft crimes, spyware and spam. Majoras currently serves as co-chair of President Bush's Identity Theft Task Force and recently helped establish the FTC's Division of Privacy and Information Protection. In addition, Majoras played a key role in rolling out the FTC's highly successful OnGuard Online and "AvoID Theft: Deter. Detect. Defend" campaigns. Under her leadership, Majoras and the FTC team have brought more than a dozen cases against firms such as ChoicePoint, which failed to implement reasonable security procedures to protect the sensitive consumer information they collected.

As co-author of California Senate Bill 1386 (SB 1386), Senator Simitian's efforts have had a significant impact on the reporting of data breaches in the United Sates. SB 1386, the nation's first breach notification law, has enabled Californians affected by data breaches to take immediate steps to protect their identities. SB 1386 also provides an exemption for breaches of encrypted data, which has fostered broader adoption of encryption as an industry best practice. Over the past year, Simitian has strongly advocated that SB1386 be adopted at the federal level. Simitian has also authored additional legislation including the Online Privacy Protection Act (OPPA) of 2003 (AB 68) and Assembly Bill 1219 (AB 1219) which assists victims of criminal identity theft in rectifying criminal records wrongfully associated with their name.

"Chairman Majoras and Senator Simitian have made great strides to lay a solid foundation for and improve the way our nation deals with identity theft crimes and data breach notifications," said Liz Gasster, acting executive director and general counsel for CSIA. "Cyber-related crimes are escalating rapidly in both the U.S. and abroad, and their fundamental efforts to protect citizens' sensitive, personal information have not gone unnoticed. CSIA congratulates both of these leaders for their unfaltering excellence in public policy."

Deborah Platt Majoras was sworn in on August 16, 2004 as Chairman of the FTC. She joined the FTC from Jones Day in Washington, D.C., where she served as a partner in the firm's antitrust section. In 2001, she was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division and became Principal Deputy in 2002.

Senator Simitian has been serving the 11th Senate District of California since November 2004. His district includes the San Mateo County cities of Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and San Carlos, Santa Clara County cities of Campbell, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto, and parts of San Jose and over half of Santa Cruz County. He previously served as an Assemblyman for four years representing the residents of the 21st District and prior to that, he served as Mayor of Palo Alto.

About the Award: Excellence in the Field of Public Policy

The RSA Conference Award for Public Policy is designed to recognize significant contributions and leadership in the field of cyber security public policy. The judging committee seeks to reward nominees who hold an elected or appointed office, are associated with public interest organizations or are associated with an organization that has significantly contributed to the development or application of current information security and/or privacy policy. For the 2007 RSA Conference Award for Public Policy, Liz Gasster from the Cyber Security Industry Alliance (CSIA) served on the judging committee. Previous award winners include Ari Schwartz, Deputy Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and Orson Swindle, former FTC Commissioner.

About CSIA

The Cyber Security Industry Alliance is the only advocacy group dedicated exclusively to ensuring the privacy, reliability and integrity of information systems through public policy, technology, education and awareness. Led by CEOs from the world's top security providers, CSIA believes a comprehensive approach to information system security is vital to the stability of the global economy. Visit our web site at http://www.csialliance.org/.

Members of the CSIA include Application Security, Inc.; CA, Inc. ; BSI Management Systems; Citrix Systems, Inc. ; Crossroads Systems, Inc. (OTCBB Pink Sheets: CRDS.PK); Entrust, Inc. ; F- Secure Corporation ; Fortinet, Inc.; IBM Internet Security Systems Inc. ; iPass Inc. ; McAfee, Inc. ; Mirage Networks; MXI Security; PGP Corporation; Qualys, Inc.; RSA, The Security Division of EMC ; Secure Computing Corporation ; Surety, Inc.; SurfControl Plc ; Symantec Corporation ; TechGuard Security, LLC; and Vontu, Inc.

Cyber Security Industry Alliance

CONTACT: Michelle Schafer of Merritt Group, Office: +1-703-390-1525,
Mobile: +1-703-403-6377, schafer@merrittgrp.com, for CSIA

Web site: http://www.csialliance.org/

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