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National cybersecurity plan omits industry mandates

January 6, 2003 The latest version of the national cybersecurity plan expected to be presented to President Bush within the next month encourages the private sector to do more to protect the Internet but without mandates on industry, which had been proposed in the initial draft released publicly last September. Internet service providers...

Lobbyists detail top tech policy items

January 3, 2003 Proposals designed to stimulate the economy, foster the deployment of high-speed Internet access, prevent digital piracy and protect online privacy promise to be among the top policy items for the high-tech sector in the 108th Congress, according to industry lobbyists. Other issues on the agenda likely will include cybersecurity, education...

Revised cybersecurity plan goes to Bush next week

December 17, 2002 White House officials expect to present a revamped national cybersecurity strategy to President Bush for his approval next week, and a formal public release is expected in early January, according to a spokeswoman for the White House Office of Cyberspace Security. The strategy has been significantly rewritten and includes greater...

Republican group offers homeland department guidance

December 9, 2002 The Republican Main Street Partnership, a group of 63 congressional moderate Republicans, urged managers of the new Homeland Security Department to draw upon data sharing and merger successes in the public and private sectors to aid in the department's organization. In a report to be offered Tuesday, the group provides...

Scientists seek revamped federal supercomputing effort

December 6, 2002 In April, Japan rocked the U.S. supercomputer sector, which traditionally has led the world in producing the fastest machinery, with the unveiling of the Earth Simulator, a $400 million product that outpaces the speed of U.S. supercomputers. Now U.S. scientists are hoping that their government will boost spending in fiscal...

Tech industry speculates about candidates for security jobs

November 27, 2002 With the law to create a Homeland Security Department now on the books, high-tech lobbyists have begun speculating about who will be chosen to fill key technology leadership positions within the new Cabinet-level agency. High-tech companies are particularly interested in three homeland security leaders who will shape policy and who...

White House science team outlines anti-terrorism focus

November 22, 2002 The Bush administration's science and technology policy team has identified five areas related to fighting terrorism that likely will receive additional investment as the fiscal 2004 budget is developed for release early next year, according to White House science adviser John Marburger. The research areas are information infrastructure development, behavioral...

Officials aim to send Bush cybersecurity plan by year's end

November 21, 2002 The White House Office of Cyberspace Security expects to complete work on the national cybersecurity strategy and send it to President Bush for his signature by the end of the year, according to a top White House official. Marcus Sachs, director of communication and infrastructure protection at the office, also...

Bush aide envisions streamlined review of security products

November 18, 2002 Companies with homeland security products to offer the government will have one place to shop their wares with the expected establishment of the proposed Homeland Security Department in the next few months, a top White House aide said on Monday. Mark Holman, deputy assistant to the president for homeland security,...

White House may use procurement process to push computer security

November 15, 2002 The nation's cyberspace chief on Friday told members of the Bush administration's National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) that the White House may wield the federal procurement process as a means to encourage greater computer security in the private sector. At the first meeting of the NIAC, which was created by...

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