[ISN] Lieberman Quizzes Ridge On Federal IT Security

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    Lieberman Quizzes Ridge On Federal IT Security
    By Jason Miller, Government Computer News
    WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A.,
    22 Mar 2002
    
    Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Conn.) has asked Tom Ridge, director of
    the homeland security office, to explain how his office is protecting
    the country's critical infrastructure and the security of federal
    information systems.
    
    Lieberman, chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, this week
    sent a letter to Ridge with four questions about critical
    infrastructure and four questions about securing government
    information systems. He also asked Ridge about the organization of
    homeland security offices.
    
    This letter follows 12 hearings since Sept. 11 on the government's
    response to bioterrorism, aviation, port and rail security, the local
    role in homeland security and the protection of the nationís critical
    infrastructure. In October, Lieberman introduced a bill to create a
    Department of Homeland Security (S 1534), a cabinet-level agency. The
    bill was referred to Liebermanís committee but has not moved.
    
    Under the critical infrastructure protection section of the letter,
    Lieberman asked Ridge:
    
    - What steps have been taken to identify key infrastructures and what
      are they?
    
    - What steps have been taken to protect agencies' key infrastructures,
      and who within government is responsible for coordinating the plans?
    
    - How are the government's cybersecurity responsibilities allocated,
      and what further refinement plans are there?
    
    - How have the strategies for information sharing changed since Sept.
      11, and what partnerships have developed between the federal
      government and the private sector?
    
    The IT security questions included:
    
    - What will the roles of Ridge and cyberspace security adviser Richard
      Clarke be in furthering federal system security? And how will these
      two roles relate?
    
    - What are the administration's plans for completing the evaluation of
      the proposed secure government network, known as GovNet, and what
      alternatives are being discussed?
    
    - What is the administration doing to conduct R&D in information
      systems protection?
    
    - How is the administration assuring that adequate corrective action
      plans are being developed and implemented by agencies after the 
      Office of Management and Budget's recent security report found
    
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