- The US homeland security chief has made a heartfelt plea to Silicon Valley workers to stand up and be counted in the fight to secure the cyber highway.
invoked the attacks of 9/11 as he sought to galvanise IT professionals and security experts.
He told the world's biggest IT security conference that serious threats to cyberspace are on "a par this country tragically experienced on 9/11".
Such attacks can hit financial bodies and a government's powers, he said.
"We take threats to the cyber world as seriously as we take threats to the material world," Mr Chertoff added.
'Desire to serve'
Speaking to a packed auditorium at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, Mr Chertoff pointed out that securing the nation's internet highways and byways was a job the federal government could not do alone.
Appealing to the private sector, the homeland security boss reached out and simply said: "Please send some of your brightest and best to do service in the government."
It was, he said, "the best thing you can do for your country".
And, if the crowd was somewhat sceptical about getting into bed with the government on this issue, Mr Chertoff talked of the first big-name Silicon Valley recruit to the cause....