RE: [ISN] White House asks industry to develop secure federal network

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Date: Tue Oct 30 2001 - 01:33:14 PST

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    Forwarded from: Thomas Roy Garner <tirzahtomat_private>
    Regarding the creation of a new net, GovNet, simply b/c "viruses are
    getting smarter".  Is the concern for a new Intranet for Government
    agencies b/c of viruses or the need for a new intranet?
    If it's against viruses, and it's based on Microsoft technologies,
    then those same virus problems will still be there.  People can
    introduce a macro-virus inadvertently to the intranet via a Word
    document or someone could slip up and let a full blown virus penetrate
    onto the intranet via the internet.
    Just hope the "logic" for this intranet is not based on virus problems
    that our own security personnel should be fixing...
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    Subject: [ISN] White House asks industry to develop secure federal
    By Bara Vaida
    National Journal's Technology Daily
    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 be called Govnet, and then lease it back to the government in
    exchange for a service fee.
    "We want to build as secure an intranet as possible--one that
    taxpayers can rely on to be 100 percent safe ... a network that is
    separate from the routers connected to the Internet," Clarke told IT
    officials gathered at the Commerce Department.
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