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Commerce official suggests rewrite of information-sharing rules

November 13, 2001 Laws governing how the private sector communicates with and aids the government with various activities are proving to be a roadblock to better security, a top U.S. official said Tuesday. As the Commerce Department technology undersecretary, Phil Bond has been designated to serve as the high-tech community's liaison to the ...

Ashcroft bolsters border security, agency info sharing

October 31, 2001 Attorney General John Ashcroft announced on Wednesday new steps that the Justice Department will take to arrest, detain and possibly deport foreigners in the United States who are linked to terrorist organizations or activities. Additionally, the agency is imposing strict new measures on non-immigrant visa holders and applicants as part ...

Defense officials ponder technology's role in warfare

October 31, 2001 Technologies that can provide information and "decision superiority" are increasingly critical to the future of U.S. defenses, but the branches of the military still face challenges in adapting to the demands of 21st-century warfare, a panel of experts said Tuesday. Several Defense Department officials at the Defense Summit sponsored by ...

Expert predicts terrorism-related cyberattacks

September 26, 2001 The threat of a cyber attack on the Internet and on critical infrastructures such as the electricity or transportation sectors that depend on the Internet has heightened following this month's terrorist attacks on the United States, a security expert acknowledged Wednesday. Michael Vatis, director of the Institute for Security Technology ...

Nation needs to bolster critical infrastructure, senators say

September 12, 2001 The urgency of protecting the nation's critical infrastructure from terrorist acts took center stage in the Senate Wednesday when experts said the federal government was lagging in its efforts to implement a comprehensive plan aimed at protecting services provided by utilities and the transportation and financial service sectors. Agencies are ...

State department looks to technology to boost mission

September 7, 2001 Technology tools will play a critical role in allowing the State Department to carry out its diplomatic mission around the world, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday. Powell told an audience of U.S. diplomats and State Department officials at a conference that he was committed to upgrading the technology ...

Cybersecurity office seeks additional staff, funds

August 1, 2001 A top federal cybersecurity official on Tuesday suggested that the FBI's efforts to counter cyberterrorism and protect the nation's critical infrastructure require additional resources even as he applauding the federal response to a new computer threat. At a press conference to praise the government and private sector for its reaction ...

Technology not the only answer to online security, panelists say

April 20, 2001 Many lawmakers, consumers and federal agencies are looking to today's high-tech tools to facilitate trust in e-commerce and e-government, but technology alone will not adequately protect commercial, personal and governmental data, two security experts said Thursday. Bruce Schneier, a cryptologist and chief technology officer of Counterpane Internet Security, told the ...

FCC bureau chiefs warn of impending brain drain

February 23, 2001 The Federal Communications Commission faces a major brain drain as many of its engineers become eligible for retirement during the next few years and it must compete with the private sector to hire from the same pool of skilled labor, bureau chiefs from the FCC warned the agency's commissioners on ...