Christopher Klaus, founder and chief technology officer of Internet Security Systems (ISS), has been selected to co-chair the Technical Standards and Common Criteria Task Force.

The group will convene for the 2003 National Cyber Security Summit, taking place Dec. 2-3 in Santa Clara, CA.

Klaus was selected as task force co-chair by the Business Software Alliance, Information Technology Association of America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, TechNet and Tom Ridge, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

Technical Standards and Common Criteria is one of five private sector sponsored task forces to address specific cyber security issues within the President’s National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace. The task forces will recommend metrics and action for implementation to DHS.

Klaus’ task force will examine ways to improve Common Criteria, a set of standards developed by a coalition of nations to help assure that software products purchased and deployed by government agencies are secure.