[ISN] Fitting IT into homeland security

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Date: Wed Dec 26 2001 - 23:55:13 PST

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    By Diane Frank 
    Dec. 24, 2001
    The final report from the Gilmore Commission on the capabilities
    needed to respond to terrorism mirrors many of the cybersecurity and
    information technology recommendations to emerge since the Sept. 11
    The group -- established in 1998 as part of the Defense Authorization
    Act -- released an executive summary of the report in November. The
    full report, released Dec. 15, goes into much more depth about how IT
    fits into the country's protection.
    Technology is mentioned throughout the report as a key component in
    homeland security. This includes improvements to health communication
    networks so that information is shared among federal, state and local
    health departments and emergency management agencies.
    "We must continue to seek innovative ways to use our superior
    technological capability to our advantage and to deny its use to
    potential adversaries," the report states as part of its look to the
    future. "Better use of technology for positive identification and for
    knowledge management should be at the top of the list."
    To enhance cybersecurity capabilities, the commission recommends that
    representatives from all levels of government be included in the
    Critical Infrastructure Protection Board. An outside source to advise
    and evaluate agency programs is also necessary, according to the
    commission, which recommends that Congress create another independent
    commission that will report to both the president and Congress.
    The report addresses wide concern about the effectiveness of the
    National Infrastructure Protection Center. The NIPC is one of the
    organizations that coordinates security activities, but many worry
    that its placement within the FBI keeps it from sharing information.
    The commission recommends that the president establish a
    government-funded, non-profit entity, with representatives from all
    affected public- and private-sector organizations, to provide cyber
    detection, alert and warning functions.
    Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore is chairman of the commission, which is also
    known as the Advisory Panel to Assess Domestic Response Capabilities
    for Terrorism Involving Weapons of Mass Destruction.
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