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Bono Honored by the Women's High-Tech Coalition

Location: Washington, DC

Bono Honored by the Women's High-Tech Coalition

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Women's High-Tech Coalition, a national professional organization that connects women leaders in technology with their counterparts in the public sector, honored Congresswoman Mary Bono (CA-45) today with the "2004 Annual Women in Cyber Security Award." Congresswoman Bono was recognized for her work on a range of technology issues including federal legislation to combat the growing threat of internet spyware.

"Like most American families, my family members are avid computer users who benefit from the convenience and accessibility that the e-commerce market provides," said Congresswoman Bono. "While I strongly support technological innovation, the e-commerce marketplace only works if consumers are protected. Sadly, as I have discovered through my legislation to reduce spyware-related intrusions, consumers are often unaware and uninformed on what information about them is collected, traded and shared when surfing the web. It is imperative that businesses, individuals and the government work to foster a safer cyberspace to protect consumers from these vulnerabilities. Through government and private partnerships, we can improve cyber security and allow the internet and e-commerce to achieve its full potential."

Presenting the awards today at a Washington luncheon were Sharon Ruckman, Vice President, Product Management, Symantec Corporation; and MaryClare Fitzgerald, President, Women's High Tech Coalition. Symantec is a member company of the Women's High-Tech Coalition (

"The security of cyberspace is critical to assuring America's national security," Ruckman said. "As a result, it's imperative that there be sound national public policies relative to cyberspace. Today's honorees have played key roles in shaping national policies and approaches to cyber security. We are grateful for their leadership."

Ruckman added: "Every industry, including government, relies on technology and the Internet to do its business every day. However, this infrastructure and the information that resides on it is also at risk from cyber attacks and criminals which can wreak billions of dollars in direct and indirect damages. Women in leadership roles continue to be at the forefront of working across the public and private sectors to strengthen America's infrastructure and defend against these threats."

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