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Cybersecurity checklist for federal agencies under consideration

July 15, 2002 Under a tentative agreement between members of the high-tech industry and key senators, federal agencies would be required to use a checklist for cybersecurity risk developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The agreement represents a compromise on language in a bill, S. 2182, offered by Sen....

Panel adds cybersecurity program to homeland bill

July 11, 2002 The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday passed its version of the bill (H.R. 5005) to establish a new Homeland Security Department with several changes, including the creation of a distinct program on cybersecurity. The committee's bill "maintains the primary functions of the new undersecretary for information analysis and...

Science committee makes big changes in homeland bill

July 10, 2002 The House Science Committee on Wednesday voted to significantly change the Bush administration's bill to create a Homeland Security Department. The committee passed its own version of the bill, adding an undersecretary for science and technology who would conduct and fund research and development, among other things. The amendment also...

House panel laments lack of progress on homeland security technology

July 9, 2002 House Energy and Commerce Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee members Tuesday voiced their frustration that federal agencies have not done more to develop new technologies to improve homeland security. Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Greenwood, R-Pa., said the hearing was a continuation of a 10-month investigation that has shown the...

Homeland security bill becomes a magnet for cybersecurity initiatives

July 3, 2002 Legislation to create a Homeland Security Department, a top congressional priority, has begun to attract previously introduced cybersecurity and other technology-related bills as riders. The most activity is in the House, where numerous committees and subcommittees with jurisdiction on homeland security have until July 12 to recommend changes to the...

Intelligence agencies to link databases with new department

June 27, 2002 The FBI and CIA are looking at ways to develop terrorist databases linked to the proposed Homeland Security Department in an effort to identify and stop terrorists intending to harm the United States, the agencies' directors told a Senate committee Thursday. "We are examining how best to create and share...

House lawmaker expects cybersecurity bill to pass before recess

June 21, 2002 The outlook for congressional passage of cybersecurity legislation looks good this year, despite the short time remaining in the session, House Science Committee Chairman Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., said Thursday. The New York Republican hopes final action on his House-passed bill, to authorize research and development for computer and network security...

U.S. to implement wireless emergency telecom network

June 17, 2002 The U.S. government will establish an emergency wireless communications system for the nation's top decision makers by the end of the year, a Bush administration official said last week. Implementation of the Wireless Priority Services program, an effort of the 22-agency National Communications System (NCS), is being sped up since...

Agencies' security spending may rise 12 percent a year

June 17, 2002 Presidential initiatives on homeland security are forecast to increase spending in that area from $32 billion to $50 billion, or about 12 percent a year, over the next five years, a private-sector analysis of budget figures show, and the spending represents "significant" opportunities for the information technology industry. Opportunities in...

Homeland department likely to house cybersecurity office

June 13, 2002 The White House Office of Cyberspace Security would "change a bit" under a proposal to create a Homeland Security Department but would retain its basic functions, the senior director of that office said Thursday. Paul Kurtz said that the position of Cybersecurity Director Richard Clarke "would likely remain the same"...

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