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Experts see ounce of prevention key to cyber cure

August 22, 2002 The increasing number of attacks on business computer networks means that organizations and government agencies should change their cybersecurity mindset to one of prevention, a panel of experts warned Thursday. "Security is getting worse faster than it will ever be fixed," said Jeff Moss, the CEO of Black Hat, a...

Critical infrastructure operators lack key information

August 13, 2002 The nation's operators of critical infrastructures-such as electrical power grids, telecommunication centers and water-filtration plants-lack key information necessary to repair their systems in case of an emergency, found a new report by the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center. In June, NIPC and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region conducted a series...

FEMA seeks national strategy for funding first responders

August 6, 2002 The Federal Emergency Management Agency is making strides toward creating a national strategy for bolstering the resources of "first responders" to emergencies, a top official said Tuesday. Bruce Baugham, FEMA's national preparedness director, told a gathering at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington that initiatives to harmonize...

Senate creates first responder tech team

July 19, 2002 The Senate on Thursday passed a measure to create a volunteer cadre of technology professionals that the government could mobilize during a crisis. "As America mobilizes to protect itself from terrorism," said Sen. Ron Wyden, the Oregon Democrat who sponsored the measure, "a key weapon in the defensive arsenal is...

Patent office assailed for move to raise fees

July 18, 2002 Members of a House panel and several industry experts on Thursday blasted the Bush administration's proposal to raise the fees for patent and trademark applications, dubbing the plan a de facto tax increase. Intellectual property experts and several members of the House Judiciary Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee...

OMB orders agencies to report on computer security

July 11, 2002 In an ongoing effort to protect the federal government's information infrastructure, newly released guidelines require the government to bolster security reviews of its information and computer systems. According to updated guidelines released last week by the Office of Management and Budget, federal departments and agencies will have to take additional...

Senate passes bill to create e-government office

June 28, 2002 The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed a measure that aims to boost initiatives to make government information more accessible online. The measure is co-sponsored by Sens. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut and Fred Thompson of Tennessee, the chairman and ranking Republican of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and Montana Republican Conrad Burns....

Agencies to unveil e-signature prototype

June 17, 2002 The federal government is embarking on an initiative that could be the linchpin for revolutionizing government services and boosting the use of advanced Internet commerce. The Office of Management and Budget, the General Services Administration and other agencies this week will be discussing a prototype of an electronic gateway for...

PTO chief unveils plan to overhaul patent reviews

June 3, 2002 The head of the Patent and Trademark Office on Monday unveiled a blueprint for reforming the agency by fostering more international cooperation and overhauling internal processes for reviewing patents for new inventions. "Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is under siege," PTO Director James Rogan said. With an expected...

Key lawmaker laments lack of intelligence info-sharing system

May 23, 2002 The chairman of a House Armed Services subcommittee on Thursday lambasted federal intelligence agencies for their reluctance to share critical data, a mentality that he said contributed to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But Pennsylvania Republican Curt Weldon, chairman of the Military Procurement Subcommittee, also acknowledged that some efforts are...