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Director of science agency foresees more budget cuts

January 12, 2005 The National Science Foundation (NSF) got slapped with a 3 percent budget cut in fiscal 2005 and is expected to face tight times again in the president's fiscal 2006 budget request due out next month, leaving new foundation director Arden Bement searching for ways to make the most of his...

Ex-cybersecurity czar focuses on global coordination

January 11, 2005 A former White House cybersecurity adviser is working to build an international cybersecurity partnership program under contract to the Homeland Security Department. The intent of the program is to coordinate global efforts on cybersecurity and cyber crime, identify gaps and develop "metrics" for measuring success. "It's almost like creating a...

Publicized intelligence briefing riles Homeland Security officials

January 5, 2005 Some Homeland Security Department officials are upset at Rep. Christopher Smith, R-N.J., after Smith publicly announced an upcoming classified meeting to talk about security grant allocations, a department official said Wednesday. Smith issued a press release earlier this week announcing that he has "locked in" a Thursday meeting with senior...

Industry eyes future as cybersecurity language is killed

December 7, 2004 Cybersecurity policy suffered a blow when lawmakers last month pulled from the intelligence bill language that would have elevated responsibility for the issue at the Homeland Security Department, industry experts said, but they are flagging it as a top priority for the next Congress. Senate staff dropped the provision that...

Former cybersecurity chief recounts successes during his tenure

December 3, 2004 Amit Yoran made waves when he resigned in September from his position as director of the Homeland Security Department's National Cyber Security Division, after little more than a year as the nation's top cybersecurity official. He came to government as a recognized expert from the cybersecurity firm Symantec. Yoran said...

Ex-cyber chief expects information security transformation

December 2, 2004 The way information is protected will be totally transformed in the next few years, according to the government's former top cyber-security practitioner. "I think in the next two to four years, there is going to be a radical transformation of the information security field," Amit Yoran, the former director of...

Intelligence agencies accused of hoarding best analysts

November 30, 2004 Intelligence agencies are withholding their best analysts rather than making them available for the greater homeland security effort, a member of the commission that investigated the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said Tuesday. The nine agencies that have "fusion" centers intended to bring other agencies' experts together are keeping their...

Pentagon official: We need new security technologies

November 23, 2004 For the nation's security agencies to realize their vision of a secure America extending well beyond its borders, the private sector must deliver an array of new and existing security technologies, a top Defense Department official said Tuesday. "To win the war on terror, we must look to our private...

Supercomputing bill set for House action next week

November 11, 2004 The House next week is expected to pass a bill to boost funding for supercomputing efforts at the Energy Department by $165 million, sending it to the president for signature. The legislation is slated for floor action Tuesday. But House Science Committee aides said the measure, H.R. 4516, is only...

Ex-cybersecurity chief calls on feds to step up efforts

November 10, 2004 While progress is being made in the nation's efforts to ensure the security of its cyber assets, a revolution is needed in the federal government's thinking in order to win the "cat and mouse game" with cyber attackers, a former senior cybersecurity official said Wednesday. "The government doesn't know what...

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