Subject: IW Mailing List iw/960208
Date: Thu, 8 Feb 1996 20:05:35 -0500 (EST)
From: Robert Steele 
Subject: Hill Interest, Please Pass On

	The Deputy Staff Director for the Commission on Protecting and
Reducing Government Secrecy, Mr.  Jacques Rondeau, is interested in
hearing from anyone who can comment authoritatively on the
following--his email address is [fastermover@ichange], please respond
directly.  Please pass on to whomever you think appropriate. 

	--  To what extent is the private sector, e.g.  U.S.  business,
aware of their vulnerability to industrial espionage by other companies,
or economic espionage by government organizations?

	--  To what extent have corporations factored in this threat (if
they know about it) and taken steps to detect electronic and physical

	The above are simply to provide a flavor for the general line of
inquiry--direct contact is recommended for a one to one exploration of
the theme. 

	As a personal comment by myself, and one reason why I feel he is
asking an important question: I do not believe we will ever provide
adequate security for our intellectual property until we

	a) declassify the threat so corporate America will take it
seriously (as a former NSA officer testified so well at the NII Security
Committee hearings) and

	b) define and require "due diligence" from the communications
and computing industry with respect to provision of safe products and
pathways (recall the major US government organization that found 500
viruses in *shrink-wrapped* hardware and software received straight from
the factory.