WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE:Q) Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio told a Senate committee today that the nation?s telecommunications networks are strong, but the Administration and Congress should take additional steps to protect the security of all our country?s critical public and private network facilities.

Nacchio testified before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, which conducted a hearing on the protection of critical infrastructure, such as the telecommunications network, from cyber and physical attacks. In addition to being the chairman and CEO of Qwest, Nacchio is vice chairman of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee (NSTAC), a select group of executives from the telecommunications and information technology fields appointed by the president to provide advice on security and emergency preparedness issues.

?In New York, telecommunications companies put aside their everyday marketplace rivalry and came together as one to help restore communications,? Nacchio said. ?Companies and the public sector can jump start their efforts. NSTAC and the National Security Council should immediately initiate a project to develop benchmarks and requirements for Information Security Best Practices for the telecommunications industry.?

Nacchio also endorsed two other measures to help improve infrastructure security. He said Congress should remove barriers to the sharing of information about network architecture and infrastructure threats, and Congress "should complement these efforts by enacting legislation increasing the penalties for cyber attacks and acts of vandalism that impair the telecommunications infrastructure, and by giving law enforcement greater latitude to investigate and prosecute these attacks.?

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