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Feds urged to set electronic voting standards

November 9, 2004 While political scientists likely will find additional evidence of voting problems in last week's presidential election, it is unlikely to overturn the outcome. But that should not dissuade government officials and others from doing all they can to improve a system full of vulnerabilities before the next election, an e-voting...

Agencies in race to smash supercomputing records

November 8, 2004 The race is on again to build the world's fastest supercomputer, and in the past two weeks, two efforts led by federal agencies have beaten the record that was held for two years by Japan. The developments bode well for U.S. international competitiveness, experts said, but there can be no...

Ridge statement sows confusion on cybersecurity chief

October 13, 2004 The technology industry stands behind its call for an assistant secretary for cybersecurity in the Homeland Security Department, even as confusion grows over what the department is planning. The department is backpedaling on Tuesday's comments from Homeland Secretary Secretary Tom Ridge that the cybersecurity position would be elevated to an...

Naming of interim cyber chief not the solution, industry says

October 6, 2004 The naming of an interim director for cybersecurity at the Homeland Security Department would not resolve larger problems of how the issue is addressed in the federal government, industry sources said Wednesday. Sources said the department internally circulated the announcement Tuesday that Donald "Andy" Purdy, the deputy director of the...

Federal officials declare visa delays nearly resolved

October 5, 2004 The problems that researchers and businessmen have experienced in getting visas to enter the United States since the 2001 terrorist attacks are all but resolved, Bush administration officials said Tuesday. "I think we have now solved many of the structural problems these [security] programs created," Stewart Verdery, a Homeland Security...

Official's departure revives push for promoting DHS cyber chief

October 5, 2004 The abrupt departure last week of Amit Yoran as a top cybersecurity official appears to have breathed new life into congressional efforts to elevate the position within the Homeland Security Department. Within hours after news Friday that Yoran, director of the department's national cybersecurity division, had quit with one day's...

Cybersecurity measures not likely in intelligence reform

September 28, 2004 After a week of at times acrimonious turf fighting about cybersecurity, it appears there will be only a small mention of the issue in a larger bill to reform the government's intelligence structure, congressional and private-sector sources said Tuesday. The bill being considered by various committees contains a provision that...

Panelists call for more work on cybersecurity, no mandates

September 28, 2004 Government and industry experts on Tuesday reinforced the industry mantra that regulation to improve cyber security would only do harm. But all agreed that more work needs to be done to adequately address computer-security problems. "I'm very concerned that we haven't gotten there yet," Chrisan Herrod, chief security officer at...

Officials closely watching AID electronic finance system

September 16, 2004 Government officials are carefully watching the implementation of a worldwide, electronic financial-management system at the U.S. Agency for International Development, and agency officials say the effort is on track to meet its deadline for completion next year. The effort to provide an immediate, integrated accounting system for AID missions worldwide...

Some in tech industry critical of Bush administration's cybersecurity efforts

September 3, 2004 The issue of cybersecurity has not reached a satisfactory level of prominence in the Bush administration for some observers in the technology industry, and an elevation of the issue before the November presidential election is not likely, sources say. "It's likely that we'll have to wait until after the election...

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