Computer-security event seeks to spur int’l talks

By JORDAN ROBERTSON, AP Technology Writer – Sun May 2, 2:09 pm ET

SAN FRANCISCO – As governments around the world amass armies of hackers to protect their countries’ computer networks and possibly attack others, the idea of getting officials together to discuss shared threats such as cybercrime is challenging.

“You just don’t pick up the phone and call your counterparts in these countries,” said retired Lt. Gen. Harry Raduege Jr., former head of the federal agency responsible for securing the military’s and the president’s communications technologies. “They’re always guarded in those areas, and they’re always wondering if there’s some other motive” behind the outreach.

So the idea behind an international security conference in Dallas this week is to get government officials, industry executives and others talking, informally, about where they might find common ground.

The Worldwide Cybersecurity Summit, organized by the EastWest Institute think tank, is different from some other big security conferences in that the focus isn’t on hackers showing off their latest research or security-technology vendors connecting with customers.

“It’s reaching across the table,” said Raduege, who is honorary chair of the conference. “It’s not official U.S. policy that’s going to be put out there, but it’s an opportunity to exchange ideas of the possible.”

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