Tech lobbying groups CSIA, ITAA merge

Together they will enhance efforts to shape security policy in Washington, D.C., says Symantec CEO John Thompson.

John W. Thompson, chairman and CEO of Symantec, used part of his keynote address Tuesday at RSA 2008 to announce the merger of the Cyber Security Industry Alliance and the Information Technology Association of America.

CSIA includes the top security providers and seeks to influence security policy in the U.S. and the European Union; ITAA is a much larger policy group. He said "this will give CSIA a bigger platform and a stronger voice on these critical public policy issues and the ability to work with governments and key stakeholders around the world."

In a press release, ITAA president and CEO Phil Bond said, "The global reach of CSIA, with its Brussels office, will bring valuable new perspective and resources to ITAA's own Information Security program and complement our work with the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA)."

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