[ISN] Human Firewall launches campaign

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Date: Wed Oct 03 2001 - 00:21:18 PDT

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    By Dan Caterinicchia 
    Oct. 2 2001
    To help managers and employees improve the protection of critical
    information, a consortium of government, industry and nonprofit
    organizations on Oct. 1 announced the launch of an international
    educational campaign to raise the awareness of information security. 
    "The Human Firewall campaign was developed to help people recognize
    how important human and policy issues are to successfully defending
    information assets from unauthorized use or abuse," Doug Erwin, chief
    executive officer of PentaSafe Security Technologies and acting
    chairman for the council, said in a release. 
    "In the past, we have relied primarily on technology as the first line
    of defense," Erwin said, "but it's time to broaden our view of
    information security to include the people who use technology...and
    the policies surrounding that use in order to effectively guard our
    companies against hackers, cyber-terrorists or even disgruntled
    The Human Firewall Council represents a melting pot of public, private
    and nonprofit organizations. In addition to Erwin, charter members in
    the United States include:
    * Brett Hovington, national coordinator for the FBI's Infragard Group.
    * Mike Kelly, partner, Ernst & Young's security consulting divisi
    * Steve Hunt, vice president and research leader, Giga Information
    * Charles Wood, an independent information security consultant and
      author of "Information Security Policies Made Easy."
    * Steve Katz, chief security officer, Merrill Lynch and Company Inc.
    As part of the educational campaign, the group launched a Web site 
    ( www.humanfirewall.org ), which features a manifesto that visitors
    are encouraged to read and sign to show their commitment to raising
    security awareness in their organizations.
    Wood, the manifesto's author, said the increasing severity of
    information security problems "clearly indicates that the prevailing
    emphasis on technological solutions is not working."
    The manifesto suggests that "management must adopt a more integrated
    approach which recognizes the pivotal role played by people such as
    employees, contractors, consultants, temporaries, volunteers,
    strategic partners, outsourcing firm staff and others."
    Members of the council will give a keynote presentation at the
    Computer Security Institute's annual conference Oct. 31, where they
    will present a blueprint to help organizations take the first steps in
    creating a successful awareness program.
    Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), an information security awareness
    advocate, has been invited to give the opening remarks to the
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