Greg Garcia, the cyber-security czar for the Homeland Security Department, said that when customers or partners refuse to do business with companies that do not meet certain cyber standards, “that’s when the groundswell [for improving security] is going to come.” Speaking Thursday to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Garcia also did not rule out having his department someday bestow the equivalent of the “Good Housekeeping seal of approval” on systems that meet certain criteria.

At a panel discussion following Garcia’s speech, Larry Clinton, the chief operations officer for the Internet Security Alliance, expressed frustration with getting companies to comply with best practices in cyber security.

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