"The government should be saying, 'for all the Internet connectivity services we buy, we want denial-of-service attacks filtered out, we want all malware filtered out. When we buy apps, we want higher levels of security,'" Pescatore said. "The best thing that government can do is drive the market to the next level."
Those familiar with what's going on in Washington behind the scenes say the recent opposition is giving the White House pause. There are two forces in the White House on the matter, said one source who requested not to be named. One group is rethinking whether the executive is such a good idea, he said. The other faction wants to act much more affirmatively than anybody expects, he said.
"They are in mortal combat," the source said.
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