In unseasonably summer-like heat and humidity, members of the Council’s “Cyber Squad” went covert at Secret Service HQ and stormed Capitol Hill this week to talk about protecting and advancing the e-economy of our nation. Visa, Inc. Chief Enterprise Risk Officer and Cyber Security Committee Chair Ellen Richey led the delegation, which featured an end of visit private briefing and discussion with White House Cyber Security Czar Howard Schmidt. The committee has been hard at work since its inception last year, advocating for a national standard for handling data breaches and creating a workforce development pipeline to increase the number of cyber security professionals in the United States.
Also this week, the Council announced the results of a nationwide poll that found 71% of Americans believe the safety of our information systems is a national security issue. The poll of 1,000 registered voters, conducted by Pineda Consulting, also showed that 66% of Americans surveyed think new laws need to be written to keep personal information secure, with 61% also stating that government needs to make the protection of the nation’s information systems and networks a higher priority.