Statement of FTC Chairman Timothy J. Muris On the Creation of the National Cyber Security Division Of the Department of Homeland Security

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I commend Secretary Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security for creating the National Cyber Security Division to help protect our critical infrastructure. The National Cyber Security Division represents a consolidated, highly organized team of information security experts, which will surely make a significant and immediate contribution toward the protection of our nation’s critical cyber assets. Information technology has become a vital, inseparable component of daily business transactions and consumer activities. Practicing safe computing, from the family room to the board room, will minimize vulnerabilities and ensure that the United States remains a paradigm of technical innovation. The National Cyber Security Division at DHS will play an integral role in monitoring current trends, identifying weaknesses, and initiating education campaigns.

I also applaud FTC Commissioner Orson Swindle for championing the FTC’s Information Security Initiative (www.ftc.gov/infosecurity) and tirelessly promoting a “culture of security” in the U.S. and abroad. I am committed to continuing the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to further information security and to supporting Secretary Ridge’s efforts on this important initiative.