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White House resurrects plan to track computer break-ins

November 26, 2001 White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke would like to revive a plan for tracking patterns of computer activity and attempted intrusions at all government agencies, though the plan has been controversial in the past. The plan, called the Federal Intrusion Detection Network (FIDNet), was proposed under the Clinton administration in...

Microsoft security expert advocates rebirth of Y2K center

November 19, 2001 To help companies susceptible to cyber attacks, the government should resurrect the Year 2000 Information Coordination Center, Microsoft Chief Security Officer Howard Schmidt said in an interview with National Journal's Technology Daily last week. While many of the nation's largest companies have boosted their computer security to deter cyber attacks,...

White House crafting cybersecurity plan

November 15, 2001 White House cybersecurity adviser Richard Clarke said Tuesday that the Bush administration continues to work on a new national plan for cybersecurity, and is planning to make it more "dynamic" with the input of high-tech CEOs. He said the Bush administration plan would be updated continuously to reflect the advent...

Senator proposes clearinghouse on biometrics standards

November 14, 2001 The chairwoman of a Senate subcommittee said on Wednesday that she would work to create a clearinghouse of information on biometrics standards to be used in bolstering the security of the nation's computer networks and other critical infrastructure. At a Wednesday hearing of the Judiciary Technology, Terrorism and Government Information...

Companies reluctant to share cybersecurity info with feds

November 12, 2001 While Richard Clarke, the nation's chief cybersecurity adviser, is on a mission to foster a partnership between government and the private sector to prevent cyberattacks, Peter Tippett, the vice chairman and chief technologist with TruSecure, is skeptical that a meaningful partnership will develop soon. Tippett, whose company helped the FBI...

Cybersecurity czar meets with tech execs

November 8, 2001 Richard Clarke, the nation's top cybersecurity adviser, met with about a dozen members of the lobbying group TechNet on Wednesday to ask for their help in making U.S. networks more secure. During the discussion with officials from 3Com, Akamai, Cylix, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Morgan Stanley, Securify and Tumbleweed Communications, Clarke emphasized...

Cybersecurity chief to offer input on agency budgets

November 1, 2001 The nation's top cybersecurity adviser will work closely with the White House Office of Management and Budget to ensure that federal agencies have the money to implement effective computer security, a government official told cybersecurity experts Wednesday. Paul Kurtz, director of the critical infrastructure protection at the White House National...

Cybersecurity adviser gets second-tier role in homeland defense

October 31, 2001 The nation's top cybersecurity adviser has been relegated to a second-tier committee on homeland security, but White House officials insist that the official, Richard Clarke, will be an integral part of any cybersecurity discussion. On Monday, the administration released its first organizational chart of the White House Office of Homeland...

White House asks industry to develop secure federal network

October 25, 2001 President Bush's special adviser on cybersecurity on Wednesday told hundreds of information technology specialists that he wants the private sector's recommendations on how to build a secure nationwide intranet for government agencies and their estimates on its cost. Richard Clarke also said the private sector would build the intranet, to...

Immigration officials request more tech funding

October 11, 2001 The failure of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) to link its top biometrics border-control program to the FBI's data systems has hindered effective management of immigration policies and protection of U.S. borders, INS officials told Congress on Thursday. The INS's biometrics probgram, called IDENT, is just one of numerous...