[ISN] Cybersecurity panel to build Web forum

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Date: Fri Nov 02 2001 - 00:04:01 PST

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    By Diane Frank 
    Nov. 1, 2001
    The Bush administration's new Critical Infrastructure Protection Board
    is already considering several ways in which industry can be involved
    in the federal cybersecurity effort, including a new Web site to
    promote new ideas and solutions, an official said Wednesday.
    The new board, established in October by executive order, oversees the
    cyber and physical protection of information systems that support the
    nation's critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications and
    electric power.
    One of the standing committees, led by the Office of Science and
    Technology Policy and focused entirely on research and development,
    will coordinate the many cybersecurity research programs under way
    across government. In this arena, the government will be working
    closely with industry and academia to "come up with good solutions,"
    said Paul Kurtz, director of critical infrastructure protection at the
    National Security Council.
    But innovative solutions developed outside the federal R&D community
    will be welcome. In fact, the board hopes to establish a Web site
    within the next month where agencies can learn about the latest
    cybersecurity developments, Kurtz said in a Web chat.
    "One of the purposes of the critical infrastructure board is to offer
    a conduit through which the ideas, products and resources available in
    the private sector can be passed to the whole range of government
    agencies," he said.
    Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Science
    Committee, hosted the Web chat to bring together government and
    industry security experts in an open forum. The committee will keep
    cybersecurity as a priority on its agenda, he said in the chat.
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