Millions of American computers have been compromised and are remotely controlled for a variety of malicious purposes in botnets, enabling online crime and aggression. In September, the Departments of Commerce and Homeland Security issued a Request for Information to explore developing a voluntary industry code of conduct to respond to botnets. Internet Service Providers (ISPs), security firms, advocacy groups and citizens submitted comments on how these networks can be detected, how ISPs can notify customers whose computers are affected and how to improve cybersecurity with the appropriate distribution of responsibilities.
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On December 16, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings will host a discussion examining how government agencies, private firms and citizens can work together to combat the cybersecurity risks associated with botnets. Representatives of the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security will present their conclusions from the Request for Information on the industry’s options for moving forward. In addition, a panel of experts will explore the need for stakeholder cooperation and coordination in fighting botnets, how to engage citizens in strengthening cybersecurity, and the challenges of measuring progress. The discussion will highlight the importance of well-crafted public-private partnerships and careful governance in addressing cybersecurity risks.
After the program, speakers will take audience questions.