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Report urges defense to help with domestic technologies

August 19, 2004 The Defense Department should help the Homeland Security Department develop technologies to fight disasters or terrorism, the National Academies of Science National Research Council said in a report released Thursday. "Many of the needs of emergency-response personnel could be addressed by technologies developed by the Army and other military services,...

Appropriators recognize Pentagon tech needs

June 29, 2004 New members of Congress quickly learn that much policy in Washington is driven by where the money goes, and they also learn that Congress appropriates much of the money to the military. This year is no exception, and with war commitments, defense spending is reaching new heights. Both the Senate...

Calls for better intelligence data sharing intensify

June 24, 2004 How to reform the nation's intelligence community has become a popular debate in Washington this summer, and a panel of experts on Thursday offered more ideas. The issue has become central to the investigation of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and the commission looking into it is expected to...

Officials duck questions on passenger screening system

June 24, 2004 For the third straight day on Capitol Hill, an official from the Homeland Security Department fended off questions about the development of a system to screen airline passengers that has raised privacy concerns. Testifying before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Tom Blank, an assistant administrator at the Transportation Security Administration, said...

Delay in passenger-screening system aggravates senator

June 22, 2004 Privacy concerns have indefinitely derailed Bush administration efforts to implement a computer system for pre-screening airline passengers, a senior official said Tuesday. But a key senator took issue with the delay. Asa Hutchinson, the undersecretary for border and transportation security at the Homeland Security Department, said the department is working...

Report shows holes in cybersecurity plan

June 21, 2004 A report sent to a House oversight committee last month details the Homeland Security Department's progress in implementing the national cybersecurity strategy issued early last year. The 35-page report, sent in reply to a request by the House Homeland Security Committee for a detailed account of the strategy's implementation, shows...

Official: Technology won't stand in way of transfer of threat analysis

June 11, 2004 Whether the federal responsibility for synthesizing information on terrorist threats will continue to reside with an interagency office or be moved under the Homeland Security Department will not be a matter of technology, a Bush administration official said Friday. "There is no technological reason" why the transfer could not be...

Defense Department drafts stronger software security rules

June 11, 2004 Stiffer requirements for the security of software purchased by the Defense Department should be in place by the end of next year, according to a department official. Defense, the Homeland Security Department and other federal entities are working actively this summer to develop a way to extend current software certification...

Shortage of computer security experts hampers agencies

June 10, 2004 Bush administration officials and information technology industry experts on Thursday identified areas of cybersecurity that need to be addressed, including more research and development and the training of the next generation of cyber experts in government. "There is an incredibly shrinking pool of IT security professionals in government," said Jack...

Homeland Security has no plans to update cybersecurity strategy

June 10, 2004 The time for reviewing the federal cybersecurity strategy has not come yet despite flaws that need to be addressed, a top official said Thursday. "There is no effort to update" the strategy issued by the White House early in 2003, said Amit Yoran, director of the Homeland Security Department cyber-security...

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