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White House cyber chief pushes Internet operations center

October 8, 2002 The White House's cybersecurity specialist on Tuesday lobbied technologists attending a conference to support his recommendation that the private sector and federal government create an "Internet operations center" to constantly monitor the Internet for attacks. Speaking at a conference sponsored by the Internet security company Symantec, Richard Clarke, head of ...

State Department asks firms to create intelligence database

September 30, 2002 Secretary of State Colin Powell on Monday asked the private firms that make up the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for help in creating an integrated intelligence database that would ensure that the more than 300 U.S. embassies do not grant visas to individuals who mean ...

FBI cyber chief heralds interagency cooperation

September 23, 2002 Ron Dick, the director of the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, said the FBI's new effort to partner with the Secret Service on investigating cyber crimes is aimed at marshalling resources. At the launch of the national cybersecurity protection plan last week, the FBI and Secret Service announced a new ...

Administration unveils cybersecurity plan

September 18, 2002 PALO ALTO, Calif.- Borrowing on imagery from the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the "Nimda" and "Code Red" computer viruses and veiled threats yet to come, the White House on Wednesday unveiled its national cyber-security plan at a press conference here. What was originally expected to be a blueprint of ...

Dissension, lobbying narrow administration's cyber plan

September 17, 2002 In the days before the unveiling of the Bush administration's national strategy to protect cyberspace, dissension within the administration and continued lobbying by some business groups led to a whittled down version of the initial plan, according to high-tech industry sources. Earlier in the month, the administration's Critical Infrastructure Protection ...

Commerce plans procurement coaching forum for tech firms

September 12, 2002 The Commerce Department next week is sponsoring a two-day homeland security technology exposition in an effort to connect owners of small high-tech security companies with federal procurement officers. The Sept. 18-19 forum follows the deluge of high-tech company offers after last year's terrorist attacks to help the federal government boost ...

Businesses band to launch homeland security association

September 3, 2002 The homeland security arena has grown to the point that dozens of businesses will launch the Homeland Security Industries Association on Wednesday. Two executives from security firms-Bruce deGrazia, vice president of Springfield, Va.-based Versar, and Joseph D'Agostino, executive vice president of Haynes Security in Newark, N.J.-have spearheaded creation of the ...

Panel endorses science and tech position in security agency

August 5, 2002 The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) on Monday recommended that the proposed Homeland Security Department include a post for an undersecretary of science and technology to coordinate and manage research and development (R&D) within the new department. The panel, which issued its recommendations in a report ...

Proposed agency will focus more attention on cybersecurity

June 10, 2002 Richard Clarke, special adviser to the president on cyberspace security, said Monday that the proposed new Homeland Security Department would increase the government's focus on cybersecurity. Clarke said that the new Cabinet-level department would house the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, the Commerce Department's Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the General ...

White House taps techies for key jobs

June 4, 2002 The Bush administration has shuffled some personnel and hired new people to fill existing and new top-level jobs in federal agencies. John Ackerly, associate director of the White House National Economic Council (NEC), is moving over to the Commerce Department's policy shop in mid-June to become deputy director of the ...