[ISN] DOT forms cyberthreat alliance

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Date: Thu May 17 2001 - 18:29:58 PDT

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    BY Paula Shaki Trimble 
    The Transportation Department formed a partnership this week with the
    Airports Council International-North America, DOTs latest industry
    alliance to increase data sharing on information security threats.
    Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and ACI-NA president David
    Plavin agreed Tuesday to work closely to identify vulnerabilities in
    the aviation communications and information infrastructure, share
    threat information and develop a joint plan to protect the nations
    aviation system from hacking and other attacks.
    Airports are dependent on information systems for access control,
    baggage handling, automated voice flight information, navigational
    aids, reservations and ticketing, maintenance scheduling and gate
    scheduling, Plavin said in a DOT statement.
    ACI-NA and DOT will create the agencys second Information Sharing and
    Analysis Center to help disperse information about information system
    attacks, such as the ILOVEYOU virus. The first ISAC was formed with
    the railroad industry through the Association of American Railroads in
    October. Both will serve as clearinghouses for receiving, analyzing
    and distributing critical data for protecting information systems. The
    two ISACs will work together and work with other transportation ISACs
    as they are formed, the DOT statement said.
    Through the partnership, DOT and ACI-NA also will sponsor aviation
    industry workshops that will help raise awareness of information
    threats and vulnerabilities and begin developing strategies to address
    threats. FAA already is conducting its own information security
    awareness campaign for employees in all lines of FAA business under
    the leadership of Michael Brown, the FAAs information security
    Plavin will be the aviation industry point of contact on
    aviation-focused critical infrastructure issues, and he will work with
    Rear Adm. Jim Underwood, director of the DOT Secretarys Office of
    Intelligence and Security.
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