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Key Players in U.S. Government's Cybersecurity Efforts

Reps. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) and Jim Turner (D-Texas): Chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security.

Reps. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.): Chairman and ranking Democrat of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security's subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Science and Research and Development.

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Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas): Sponsor of the "Cyber Security Enhancement Act," which requires the U.S. Sentencing Commission to consider new aspects of online crime in coming up with sentencing recommendations in criminal cases.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.): Author of the "Cyber Security Research and Development Act," which earmarks $970 million in funding over five years for government agencies to research ways to improve U.S. computer and network security.

Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.): Chairman of the House Science Committee and Wyden's co-proponent of cybersecurity funding.

Private Sector:

Richard Clarke: The nation's first "cybersecurity czar," Clarke formerly headed the now-dissolved President's Critical Information Protection Board, and was a senior official in the National Security Council. He currently is a media consultant and board member of Akamai Technologies Inc., and a much sought-after expert voice on cybersecurity issues. He is most noted for predicting that the Internet can experience a "digital Pearl Harbor" attack that could bring it to a halt.

Howard Schmidt: Schmidt was the acting cybersecurity czar at the White House after Clarke resigned in early 2003. He resigned in April 2003, and joined eBay as chief security officer, a position he held at Microsoft Corp. before his service in the Bush administration.

Vinton Cerf: Now a vice president for MCI, Cerf helped develop computer protocols that allow computers to communicate through the Internet.

Harris Miller: President of the Information Technology Association of America (www.itaa.org).

Alan Paller: Director of research for the SANS Institute, a computer security training organization that has worked with the federal government on a variety of cybersecurity issues (www.sans.org).

Robert Holleyman: President of the Business Software Alliance (www.bsa.org).

Scott Charney: Microsoft's chief security strategist.

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